Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Marion Louis Swords

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, July 17, 1916

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Reflections for Sheriff Marion Louis Swords

Family lore holds that Sheriff Swords was a lively fellow with creative notions of law enforcement. Reportedly he once used bbq to persuade a miscreant to come down from a pecan tree where he was "hiding" out. A drinking man, he regarded laws against "blind tigering" as foolish and made it a practice to ignore them. But when a real bad man, such as Eli Carriere who shot him, was afoot, the Sheriff was relentless. A hundred years later we're proud of him.

David Swords
Great grandson

August 31, 2023

Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 17, 2020

The Brooklyn Swords are beyond proud of his service . We have been with the NYPD since shortly after the Civil War . Rest In Peace .

Liam Swords

July 16, 2019

Rest in peace Sheriff Swords.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 28, 2019

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

July 17, 2016

He was my great uncle.

Corporal Michael Swords
St Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

March 31, 2016

It's nice to see so many recognize your service Sheriff Swords.

Denis C. Swords
Great Grandson

November 26, 2015

Sheriff Swords is my Great Grandfather also.

Neola Gail Sodek
Great Grandaughter

June 12, 2015

Sherriff Swords was my Great Grandfather!

Ellen Swords
Great Granddaughter

April 19, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 10, 2013

I was always told the story of how you died.I am very proud to be your great great grand daughter.Rest in peace.

Patricia Swords
Great Great Grandfather

June 17, 2010

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 12, 2007

America has a long list of Her Finest, and you sir, are among them. For your bravery, dedication, sacrifice, and service, on behalf of all our law emforcment brothers, thank you.
Know this: that justice ALWAYS will prevail. Perhaps not as quick as we would like, but nonetheless, it does prevail. And your case is no different. Your suspect paid a dear and just price, and he is not worth mentioning any further. But you; it is an honor to write to you, and to speak your name. Rest in peace, we have the watch. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

October 31, 2006

Though it was so long ago that you gave the ultimate gift, of your life, to the people of St.Landry Parish,Louisiana, you will never be forgotten in the hearts and minds of the deputies that have your legacy of giving all for the safety of the citizens of the parish you were sworn to protect to hold up as an eternal example! I know your helping them keep an I on us from up there. Peace.

Dpy. Donald Lirette
St. Landry Parish Sheriff's dept.

January 5, 2005


Rest in peace, sir. You will never be forgotton.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

April 1, 2004

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