Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Sean Milton Theriot

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, October 25, 1998

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Sean Milton Theriot

Your heroic actions day will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren nor will your military and police service. Rest in peace always and God Bless your family and the men and women of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

October 25, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Theriot.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 25, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Theriot,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO/former Marine

United States Border Patrol

October 25, 2019

Everyday, before I walk out the door, I look at your picture. In those quiet moments I hear that radio traffic again. There are times when I recall the moments of that day in it's entirety. Everyday I leave for shift I tell her I will see her later, and absolutely mean it. Twenty years have passed since we started out, you first and then me. More than not forgotten, You are remembered....

Sergeant Bryan Bougard
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office

May 12, 2018

its been 19 years... though never knew you I would like to say thank you. you have made this country safer so that me and many others will be able to live in peace. RIP

Payton Lines, 16 still in school
Future Police Officer

October 25, 2017

You're Memorial Picture rides above my head in my unit, has so since you left us. You're like an angel watching over me. You're picture is a constant reminder to me that we as LE are not 10 feet tall and bullet proof. I dare to say that picture and the reality that it reflects has kept me alive all these years by forcing me to be smarter and train harder. To not take unnecessary chances and to live my life right because I never know when it may be taken from me.

We worked shift together and although I only knew you for about a year, I saw that you were a good man, and a constant professional. An officer to admire and a friend to be proud of. A bright and successful future in LE was where you were headed.

When my day comes, I'll see you again, but until then, continue to keep a watchful eye on me and all your "Brothers in Blue". We all, miss you!

T.J. Crochet
Thibodaux PD (formerly TPSO)

December 2, 2013

Rest in peace hero

Reserve Police Officer- Daniel

October 25, 2013

We will never forget!!!

Lieutanant Todd Gagnard
Thibodaux Police Department

September 20, 2013

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

July 25, 2010

Deputy Theriot, thank you for your service, sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of Terrebonne Parish. May your family always know that you are, and always will be a HERO. Rest in peace brother, we'll take it from here.

Louisiana State Police (Troop C)

January 17, 2010

Gone but not forgotten, RIP you are a true hero.


October 22, 2009

You heard an angel calling your name, calling it with love. On that day that you made your way to see the man above. The shirt, the vest, the amber stripe down the side. The eyes of those who loved you filled with the cries. The badge, the honor, and the integrity were with you when you were falling. How your name, wisdom, and memory are with the ones dispatchers are calling. How your face is a constant reminder of how things go so wrong, but your death is not in vain for it made the department strong. Now I say to all those, those who all read. Never take like for granted and some things are never routine.

Dispatcher and Deputy's Wife
Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office

January 17, 2009

Not a day goes by that your memory does not fill my mind. It has been 10 years this past weekend that you left this world and it hit me hard. It's like it were yesterday. I still recall the date and time of your last day on earth. I find at times I second quess if there were anything I could have done to save you. If I had only known where you were when I arrived on scene, then you would still be here. Your sons will still have their father. Tammy would still have her husband. Your parents would still have their son. Your siblings would still have their brother. I blame myself for not doing all that I could. If only . . .

I remember how you would stop in at Marty J's to check on the Deputy working the detail. You didn't know me from any other Deputy and we talked as if we were long lost friends. It was just the way you were. You knew no stranger. We had great laughs in the motor pool before and after shift, always joking.

When I left TPSO and went to HPD, I was called out to a residence for an alarm. When I found an unsecured door of this lovley home, my backup and I searched the residence, finding it to be secure. But during our search, I observed certificates on the wall with the TPSO badge on them. I read them afterewards and saw your name written on them. My first thoughts were of anger, "It's a damn shame that a Deputy has to give his life for his famliy to get a nice home like this one." My thoughts now are that you would have done it if you had to live in a tent, eat ramen noodles and ride a bicycle to work. Some still, still today, do it for the sence of duty you had.

I have, and always will, keep your picture in my unit and show it to every new police officer that rides with me. They will know the story behind the name of the road leading to the academy. They will take your lessons with them and keep them on the front of their minds when they think nothing will happen to them because of a "routine" situation. Your death may have been wrong but it was not in vain.

What a great love a person has as to lay down their life for another. Simper Fi, my friend, Simper Fi. May you rest in peace.

Cory J.

Cory Johnson
TPSO/Houma Police Dept.

October 28, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 11, 2008

Sorry I never knew you but you were a good cop.Good thing that the man who watched you die is behind bars.

Simon Persica

December 29, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

This writer is not aware if there is a death penalty in Louisana, if there is, justice was not appropriately served on your behalf.


October 20, 2007


There is not a day that has gone by that I don't think about you. You were not only a brother, but a close friend. We worked together for less than one year, but the impact you made on me will last a lifetime. I miss the way we joked around while on shift with the rest of the guys and your tremendous work ethic. I told my wife on several occassions that I knew you and the rest of our shift had my back. I'm just sorry I wasn't working GC&D to have your back the day of the incident. I'm still in law enforcement, partly because of you. It was an honor to have served with you. Your memory will forever live on!

Todd Gagnard
Thibodaux Police Department

October 30, 2006

May you Rest in Peace and may Our Lord Bless your loved ones.

October 25, 2006

Thank you for your service. You and your family are remembered today on the 8th anniversary of your death, and every day.


October 25, 2006

Fallen but NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

October 17, 2006

Deputy Theriot, you and myself started at the same time. I never really got a chance to talk to you and learn who you were. I have heard stories over the years and still hear them. You were a great person and everyone loved you. You are truly missed but everyone. You served and represented our department with pride. You have truly made the ultimate sacrifice to SERVE AND PROTECT. Rest in pease and God Bless.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Office

July 1, 2006

Deputy Theriot, I was not employeed with the Sheriff's Office when this tragic incident took place. Everyone that worked with you always has something good to say about you and talk about you often. The badges that were made in your honor still hang in the units as a reminder of the terrible night where you lost your live. Dy Theriot you made the ultimate sacrifice for what you believed in and lived for Rest in Peace brother.

Terrebonne S.O.

May 29, 2006

I will always remember you, and there is not a month that passes that I don't think of you. You were one of our most respectful, professional officers, and it is a shame we lost you at the hands of a piece of trash. Since your demise I have often wondered where you would be today, had your tragic death not occurred. I see your wife often at the pharmacy, and she has not changed much. I inquire of your two boys and she says they are doing fine. Just wanted you to know.
Others at the Sheriff's Office still think and talk of you. We owe you so much that we cannot repay. It saddens me to think of your last moments. I went to the cemetary where you lost your life last week, and showed my 86 year old mother where your life ended. I explained the circumstances to her and she cried. You will never be forgotten by your community, as we named the street that leads to the Sheriff's Office Shooting Range-Training Academy in your honor.

Col (Ret) Godfrey J. Buquet
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Offie

April 28, 2006

To Deputy Sean Theriot, his loved ones and friends, and fellow officers:

On this the seventh anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your valor, bravery and dedication to your job is remembered.

I hope that your family continues to be supported and cared for by their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Theriot gave to his community and the citizens of Louisana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 25, 1998.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

October 27, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

October 25, 2004

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