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K9 Roscoe honored with plaque, a first for the Medal of Honor ceremony

Posted: 9:03 PM, Sep 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-28 22:13:15-04

Crowley K-9 Officer Roscoe who was killed in the line of duty was honored with a plaque at a ceremony Thursday.  Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard says this honor was the first of its kind for a K9 member of law enforcement.

Thursday the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement awarded five officers the Medal of Honor for their service and sacrifice in the line of duty.  In addition to those officers, a plaque was given to the Crowley Police Department and Sgt. Tate Thibodeaux recognizing Roscoe as the first K9 in the history of the Medal Ceremony.

The ceremony was held at the Louisiana Old State Capitol building in Baton Rouge.

Cpl. Michael Middlebrook was one of the five officers to receive a medal of honor at that ceremony.

Roscoe,  according to the department, was shot and killed in 2017 while officers were responding to a shooting call in Crowley.

Roscoe had been working with the department for 6 months at the time of the shooting.

K9 Roscoe
K9 Roscoe / Crowley Police Dept.

In May, Roscoe was one of the 24 dogs honored this year during a ceremony at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington, DC.

“No matter our affinity or non-affinity for police officers, this is the reality: that each person who dons a uniform and badge is subject each day to the same fate as these brave officers. The spirit of love and family laid heavy in that room as TAPS was played and the hollow sounds of the bagpipe rang out Amazing Grace. It was a moment of sadness and yet a moment of pride. Sadness that we had to be there for such an event (as many speakers repeated) but pride that we belong to a group that is CONSTANTLY willing to pay the ultimate price for those they serve. Rest easy brothers. We will carry the torch in your stead!!” Police Chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement on Facebook.

More from Chief Broussard can be viewed below: