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Captain John Langlinais

Lafayette Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1960

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Reflections for Captain John Langlinais

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 2, 2017

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 53rd 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 15, 2013

RIP.You will never be forgotten.

Anonymous

October 29, 2008

I was born June 9, 1956 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A year later my family moved to Lafayette. My dad worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. My mom was a housewife who worked as an “at home” seamstress and raised both me and my brother.

Lafayette was a picturesque community and reminded me a lot of “Mayberry” (the Andy Griffith Show). We lived on Kim Drive near the old Abbeville highway. I attended Ascension Day School and made my First Communion at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. We shopped at the A & P grocery store and Brown’s Thrift City. I have many fond recollections of that very special period.

What I didn’t know at the time was three of Lafayette’s finest (Police Captain Harold Abadie, Detective Sergeant Leroy King, and Patrol Captain John Langlinais) were killed in the line of duty protecting and serving the citizens of our quiet hamlet. This reflection honors their memories and pays tribute to the sacrifice they made on our behalf. May God bless their loved ones, too.

In 1963 the railroad transferred my dad to Houston, Texas where I still live. Later I went on to become a Harris County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Jail Division, Patrol Bureau, and Courts. I will retire September 30th, 2008 after 34 years of Law Enforcement service.

Despite my status as a naturalized Texan (and resident Houstonian) I often think about Lafayette. I realize it is no longer the sleepy small Southern town it once was during the late ‘50s and early ‘60s of my nostalgic childhood, but I will forever remember it that way.

Thanks to all the men and women of the Lafayette Police Department (and their slain brethren) who over the years have kept the peace, held the line, and will continue to do so for future generations. Your selfless dedication, adherence to duty, and tireless efforts are greatly appreciated.

Take care and stay safe.

Charles R. Martel
HCSO Deputy Sheriff
Badge No. 1539
Master Peace Officer
Houston, Texas
September 1974 – September 2008

Deputy Sheriff Charles R. Martel
Harris County Sheriff's Office

June 8, 2008

Dad,

When you passed away before your time, I was five years old. We didn’t have enough time together for me to have stored accurate, lasting memories of us. We never had a chance to go fishing, play ball or work on the car. Everyone I’ve ever met who knew you said that you were a wonderful person. I know this is true. I wish we had had the opportunity to know each other. I know that you would have made a fantastic mentor and that we would have been a great team.

For forty-six years I’ve kept you in my heart. After all this time, there are things I am sure of and things I wonder about.

I am sure that after forty-six years, your wife, my mother, still thinks about you and misses you every single day. She has had a very hard life without you but she has been as strong as anyone could be after such a tragic event so early in life. I’m sure you would be very proud of her.

You made captain so young, I wonder what else you could have accomplished had you not been taken so soon; mayor, representative, governor? I wonder just how so many people’s lives would be different had we been able to benefit from your paternal leadership and wisdom. You would now be a grandfather and great grandfather. I’m sure you would be a terrific, great grandfather.

John Roy “Rocky” Langlinais, you are always in my heart and will never be forgotten.

Charles James Langlinais, your loving son.

Charles James Langlinais
Your Loving Son

April 21, 2006

I was recently told of the experience that Capt. Langlinais' family endured when two Lafayette Policemen arrived on that July 22, 1960 evening to inform his wife that He was killed in the line of duty. The person who witnessed this visit was Capt. Langlinais' five year old son. That child is now a man in his late forties and still remembers the day two policemen came home to explain that Daddy wouldn't be coming home, Ever. Now, everyday that I pass that wall in the station with pictures of those who gave their lives, I look at John Langlinais' picture and think of this story, the story of a child who was visited by two POLICEMEN, a visit that would change his life forever.

John Langlinais you are not forgotten, we in the Lafayette Police Department see your picture and others who have given their life protecting our community as we walk out to our patrol cars to start our shift. You are a true HERO.

Sgt. LPD Patrol
Lafayette Police Dept. Pct 1

February 1, 2006

We at the Lafayette PD, have recognize that you made the ultimate sacrifice for our community. We are reminded daily of that sacrifice by a memorial placed at the Police Department, in your honor. REST IN PEACE MY FELLOW OFFICER.

Cpl John Miller
Lafayette PD

November 10, 2004

I saw that you did not have any reflections and I just wanted to tell you Thank you for your service and dedication to the Lafayette Police , as well as the state of La. Rest in peace, Sir.

Shirley Roberts-Oakdale, La.
Aunt of Fallen Officer John Logan EOW-March 14, 2004

July 22, 2004

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