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Erath Police Chief loses his battle with cancer

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On Sunday afternoon Erath Police Chief Gerald Hebert lost his battle with cancer. He was 59 years old.

Hebert began his tenure as chief on January 1, 2007 and served until his death. 

"Through those nine years, his face was a familiar one at our schools, as well as at all community events.  He was not only our chief and citizen of Erath, he was our friend.  As our town mourns the loss of "Chief Gerald", please keep his family in your hearts and prayers," a press release from the town states. 

"Gerald's passing has really affected me. He was such a caring person," said Mayor John Earl LeBlanc. "He loved his work as our Police Chief, loved the people and the children in the schools. He will be missed. May he rest in peace."

"Gerald was a good man with a big heart. He loved this community and the honor of serving as Chief of Police of Erath," said Councilman Robert Vincent. "He worked hard everyday to keep our community safe for all residents, but especially our children. As we grieve his passing, we should all strive to live by his example of service to others. He will missed by many."

On his Facebook page, Erath High Principal Marc Turner said the chief was special to his school. 

"Chief Gerald" was a common visitor on this campus and always had a smile for the students and faculty," Turner wrote. "He was genuine and warm, and I know he will be missed. We send prayers for his family during this sad and emotional time."

Dozier Elementary Karla Toups agreed.

"Chief Gerald was such an asset to our school. He was involved with Dozier Elementary assisting us with whatever was at hand," Toups said. "The community, our schools, our DES faculty and staff and students will definitely miss him. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers."

Monday afternoon, Vincent said. The family is having a private memorial service for the Chief. At this time, no public memorial service is planned. 

"The family would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support during this trying time," he said. 

David Funeral Home in Abbeville is in charge of arrangements. 

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