Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Chaney Joseph Champagne

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, July 31, 2003

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Reflections for Detective Chaney Joseph Champagne

Thanks for caring about others and for a job well done! My thoughts are with your family, friends and fellow Officers.

Officer Julie Schmidt
Louisville Metro Police Dept. Louisville KY





On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Detective Chaney Champagne's family, friends, and co-workers with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department.

God Bless. Now you can walk Heaven's beat.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

Rest easy, brother. We will continue for you. May God comfort your family and friends in this most difficult time. Another hero gone, but not forgotten.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

Rest easy, brother. God obviously needed a special angel when he took you. May your family find comfort in Him and may your children know that their daddy is a hero, never to be forgotten.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

To the fellow officers, family , loved ones, and friends of Detective Chaney Champagne, you have my deepest sympathy. It is indeed a tradegy when one dies trying to save another's life. What makes it so much more horrific is to loose two officers lives in the same incident. In December, 1974, in Richmond, Virginia, we lost two officers, Officers Leeward Rich and Edwin Stephenson in a traffic accident responding to a call to assist a fellow officer. Even though that has been almost 29 years ago, as a young "rookie", I still recall how tragic it was then and can empathize how tragic it is now for your department. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Prayer is not necessarily in fluency of speech; it is not in painted imagery; it is not in deep thoughts, it is not in burning words; it is not in the length and breath of petition. Prayer is something more: it is the wish of the heart--the expression of the soul.

My heart wishes peace for all of you and especially for Chaney; rest in peace, " thy good and faithful servant"

Lynda M. Cooksey
Richmond, VA Police Retired Badge #25/Code 1181

Lynda M. Cooksey, Retired
Richmond Police VA

Rest in peace Detective Champagne. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and agency during this tragic event. My prayers are also with your partners extended family as well


Tonya Stephenson
Private Citizen, Aston, Pennsylvania

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Detective Champagne...and the LaFourche Parish Sherrif's Department..... our hearts and prayers are with you all......Thank you for a job well done Chaney ... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests..

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vin and Pook - Site owners

God Bless you and your family. Thanks for all you did for your community and the world.

Rest in peace, brother, and watch over and guide us as we carry the torch onward...

Deputy Sheriff Todd Layman
Hanover County Sheriff's Office

May you rest in peace. God bless your heart and soul. We all know that you will guide us and protect us from above. Your memory will love on forever.

Special Agent
Department of Homeland Security

Det. Champagne, May you rest in peace. God be with your family and Police family.

Deputy Brad L. Myers
Jay Co. Indiana Sheriff's Dept.

To the family, friends and coworkers of Detective Champagne my heart and prayers are with you all. May God be with you in this terrible time of loss. Rest in peace Detective Champagne.

Sergeant Stephen K. Cantelli
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office

To the family, friends and co-workers of Det. Chaney Champagne, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You are a true Hero! Rest in peace my brother. We have the watch now!

Ofc. Mark A. Richardson
Louisville Metro PD-Louisville, Ky.

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Chaney did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Chaney be the be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Detective Champagne's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Chaney is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Chaney was well respected and well loved. Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please take care of my fiance Dennis.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Drakesville, IA)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

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