Sergeant Kurt E. "Woody" Harrelson

Sergeant Kurt E. "Woody" Harrelson

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, July 31, 2003

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Kurt E. "Woody" Harrelson

Sergeant Woody Harrelson and Detective Chaney Champagne were killed when their patrol car collided with a truck on State Highway 308 approximately one mile north of Lockport.

At approximately 1530 hours, Sergeant Harrelson and Detective Champagne were responding to a call reporting an elderly woman had driven her car into a canal and the car was filling with water. While en route to the call, their car slid on the rain-slicked road into an oncoming truck. Both officers were killed as a result of the collision.

Sergeant Harrelson had served with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department for over 10 years. He is survived by his wife, 10-year-old son, and 4 year-old-daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 875

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response

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Sgt. Harrelson,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of LaFourche Parish. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 31, 2023

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