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Jan 30, 2014 7:41 PM by Akeam Ashford

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Mourns Loss of Deputy

Tonight, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one deputy, while pulling for another to get well.

Deputy Carlos Papillion, Jr., died of a heart attack when he was escorting a dispatcher home during Tuesday night's ice storm. Papillion was 46 years old.

Deputy Chief Paul DiCapo said losing one deputy is hard enough but more so when another deputy is fighting for his life.

"When I found out, my expression was, I don't believe you," DiCapo said, adding that "Poppy" was so laid back the he wouldn't even get "excited with a hornets nest."

Deputies are wearing a black bands over their badges to remember the man they knew as "Pop."

Dicapo says Papillion was a gentle force within the department.

"When I tell you low key and laid back, you'd never expect a heart attack to get him. Me, I blew the gasket regularly, but not Pop. It's a great loss," DiCapo said.

Tara Papillion says her family finds comfort in knowing her brother died doing what he loved.

Deputy Papillion served seven years with the sheriff's department. He was first hired as a corrections officer before being promoted to Patrolman.

"He was a man of few words and he didn't say much, but his actions spoke volumes. I know this, but i'm just beginning to realize this even more from speaking to his family here at the Sheriff's Office," Tara Papillion said.

Tara Papillion says her family will remember the good things about him most.

"It's a grieving process, but we have each other. All we can do is just look back on the positive things he left us," Tara Papillion said.

Deputy Papillion leaves behind four children: two daughters and two sons.

Visiting hours will be observed from 7 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, at Williams Funeral Home in Opelousas. Visitation will be followed by a burial at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas.

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