Apr 22, 2013 11:28 PM by Erin Steuber

Fallen Officer Honored at 10th Annual VOICE Victim's Rally

"My warrior can't do a lot of things right now," said Chitimatcha Police Chief Blaise Smith.

It's been three months since Smith lost an officer in the line of duty.

"You don't realize how special people are until something like this happens," said Smith. "We're all family and we lost part of our family also. We want to be there, and we want to support them, and want them to know we're not gonna' forget, and we're always gonna' be there for them."

Sergeant Rick Riggenbach was killed while responding to a call in Charenton back in January. He left behind a wife and three children.

"I miss him. I miss him a lot," said Riggenbach's daughter, Mary Riggenbach Thompson. "You can say, you know, everyone's doing okay. We're keeping together and staying strong and we'll survive together."

The 10th annual VOICE victim's rally was held in Sgt. Riggenbach's honor. VOICE, which stands for voices of innocent citizens empowered, holds a vigil every year to remember victims of violent crimes from across Acadiana.

"I want them to keep Sgt. Rick Riggenbach's memory alive forever because he made the ultimate sacrifice; giving his life to protect others," said VOICE President, Catalene Theriot.

A St. Mary Parish grand jury has indicted the man accused in the death of Sgt. Rick Riggenbach. Wilbert Thibodeaux is also accused of killing another man and injuring two St. Mary Parish deputies that same day back in January. He's been indicted on two counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of arson.


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