A Church Point Police Department captain has died from serious medical complications after contracting COVID-19.

Church Point Police Chief Dale Thibodeaux shared news of Capt. Kevin Trahan’s death in a post from the department’s Facebook page Saturday morning. Thibodeaux wrote that Trahan returned to the job in April after a period of absence to receive a bone marrow or stem cell transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to ward off an unspecified cancer.

He later contracted the virus while on the job, the chief said.

In a July 22 post on his personal Facebook, Thibodeaux said that the department and Trahan’s family were asking for prayers while Trahan was hospitalized in the intensive care unit. After being diagnosed with COVID-19, Trahan also suffered from pneumonia, clots in both legs and suffered strokes while sedated on a ventilator, the chief relayed from Trahan’s son.

Trahan died around 10:30 p.m. Friday at a Monroe hospital, Thibodeaux said. Church Point police officers escorted his body back to Acadia Parish Saturday afternoon. 

Trahan, 59, leaves behind his wife, Brenda, who also works for the Church Point Police Department, three adult children, two stepdaughters, two grandchildren and a step-granddaughter, Thibodeaux said. 

“He tried to help everyone and would give you the shirt off his back if he could. Capt. Trahan was also a dedicated officer and always gave a hundred percent all the time," Thibodeaux wrote. "With all Capt. Trahan fought through and continued to do his job on a professional level, he was and always will be a true hero,” 

“Go and protect the heavens, my dearest friend, family and my brother. The Lord needs you right now more than we do, I guess. You will be missed dearly.”

Trahan served in law enforcement for roughly 30 years as a deputy with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and an officer with the Church Point Police Department, the chief said. When Thibodeaux assumed the chief position, Trahan became his right hand man.

While close from their time in law enforcement, the two men were more than brothers in blue – they were also family. Trahan was married to Thibodeaux’s sister-in-law, he said.

Trahan was generous, kind, determined, hardworking and had a way of talking to people that reached them, Thibodeaux said. He was passionate about helping people and serving the community; even after his treatment at MD Anderson, it was impossible to keep him assigned to desk duty because he was determined to give his best effort on patrol, the chief said.

“His personality was something else. There’s no way he didn’t walk into a room and liven it up in some kind of way,” Thibodeaux said.

Other law enforcement officers shared condolences online and remembered Trahan’s commitment to serving the community and mentoring other officers. 

“It was an honor to know and learn from such a great man. Captain Kevin Trahan was genuinely a good guy who was beyond willing to teach and show beginning officers the way to become a good officer," Church Point Police Officer Holden Hare shared on Facebook. "In the two years I've been with the police department I have gotten to ride and sit with him many times and just simply listen to his stories and learn many things. He will definitely be missed.” 

“I received some of the best advice from you when I started this career and I will forever hold on to that advice and guidance you’ve given me," wrote Hunter Hare. "May you finally Rest In Peace as your legacy will never be forgotten.” 


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