Release Date: 01/15/2006

Three Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents were honored at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting on Jan. 5 for their assistance in locating and evacuating a Florida detective following Hurricane Katrina. 

Senior Agents Troy Parker of Stonewall and Ryan Brasher from Minden, Sgt. Jason Gernados of Chalmette, and two Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division game wardens received Distinguished Service Awards from Sheriff Charles B. Wells of Florida for helping evacuate a Manatee County Sheriffs detective from the New Orleans Convention Center.  The awards are given for acts of extraordinary bravery that involve great personal risk.

The detective was in New Orleans to testify in a homicide trial after arresting the defendant in Florida.  The detective was trapped in New Orleans after his flight was canceled and he could not find any other transportation out of the city.  He rode the storm out at a hotel in downtown New Orleans, but had to go to the Convention Center when the city began to flood.  He was rescued on Thursday, Sept. 1.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2985 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.