Lafayette’s new Wall of Honor was unveiled today, on the anniversary of the death of Lafayette Police Cpl. Mike Middlebrook.
The wall honors all of Lafayette’s fallen police officers, including Middlebrook. The wall was dedicated today at a new location at Lafayette City-Parish Hall.
The family of Middlebrook and the family of Capt. Rocky Langlinais, who died in 1960, both were on hand for the ceremony.
Middlebrook’s father, Herman Middlebrook, as well as his widow, Adrienne Middlebrook, tell KATC it’s been an overwhelming and emotional few days but the support they’ve gotten from the community has been helpful.
The new wall replaces a memorial that was located at the Police Department for many years. It included a bench and a statue of an officer.
“We put it in a very prominent location where people when they come to these meetings come to city hall for any reason, can be reminded of the sacrifices that our officers made for us,” said Mayor-President Joel Robideaux.
City-Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux announced at the unveiling that a building to be constructed at Precinct 4 of the Lafayette Police Department will be named in honor of Cpl. Middlebrook. That building has already been fully funded and will be used as a site for officer training.