Commendations & Promotions

 

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Greg Kellogg has had a career in law enforcement for over 25 years joining the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in January 1989 after serving 5 years in the US Army. During the course of his employment with CPSO, he has been assigned to Patrol, Investigations, FIU, and Law Enforcement divisions.

In July 2013, Kellogg was promoted to case manager in Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit and in January 2014 he was promoted to Lieutenant. Kellogg is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Lieutenant.


 

In October, Calcasieu Correctional Center Deputy Layton Caruthers was participating in the Tough Mudder event when he encountered a fellow runner that had collapsed and was having a seizure.

Largely in part to Deputy Caruthers training as an Emergency Medical Technician and quick response, he was able to provide the collapsed runner with medical care until the ambulance arrived.

Deputy Layton Caruthers is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.


 

In October, Calcasieu Correctional Center Deputy Aaron Cole was working a security detail at a local high school football game. Following the game there was a two-vehicle accident in front of the high school, with one of the vehicles on fire.

Deputy Cole reacted quickly and grabbed an extinguisher from the school and extinguished the fire prior to the fire department’s arrival. He also assisted the fire department with assessments of those involved in the accident and handled traffic control.

Deputy Cole displayed courage and compassion to perfect strangers while sacrificing his own possible well-being. He is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and save lives.


 

During the early morning hours of August 14, while on routine patrol, Lt. Jason Bergeron observed two subjects on the property of a Sulphur car dealership attempting to steal aluminum wheels, valued at over $21,000, off of several trucks on the lot.

When Lt. Bergeron approached the subjects, both fled on foot. Following a brief foot pursuit, both suspects were apprehended without incident.

Due to Lt. Bergeron’s continued example and leadership, the car dealership was spared a costly loss and two criminals will be brought to justice.

He is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty.


 

Roger Freese joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in November 1992, assigned to the Corrections Division. During the course of his employment with CPSO, he has been assigned to Patrol, Warrants, Violent Crimes, and Safe School divisions.

Freese has remained in the Safe School Division since 2007 and was promoted to Sergeant in August 2013.

Freese is shown here receiving his sergeant stripes by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted.


 

In June, off-duty CPSO Patrol Captain Craig Bean came across an elderly couple stranded with a flat tire at a gas station in Moss Bluff.

Even though he was off-duty, Captain Bean stopped to offer assistant to the elderly couple by changing their tire.

Captain Bean displayed courage and compassion to perfect strangers while sacrificing his own possible well-being. He is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for going above and beyond the call of duty.


 

In July, off-duty Calcasieu Correctional Center Deputies Christian Bacque and Melissa Patch were traveling on I-10 in Acadia Parish when they came across two stranded motorists on the side of the service road near the Egan Exit.

Even though they were off-duty and out of Calcasieu Parish, Deputies Bacque and Patch stopped to offer assistance to the motorists who had suffered a flat tire.

Deputies Bacque and Patch displayed courage and compassion to perfect strangers while sacrificing their own possible well-being.

They are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for going above and beyond the call of duty.


 

On May 21, Cpl. James Reed was dispatched after receiving a call regarding a possible drowning. Cpl. Reed was advised a 12 year old child called 911 and advised his 6 year old brother was in a pond drowning.

Upon arrival, Cpl. Reed discovered the child was stuck on a log in the middle of a pond. Without hesitation, Cpl. Reed removed his equipment, jumped into the pond and rescued the child.

Because of Cpl. Reed's quick response, courage and putting others safety above his, a tragic situation was averted.

He is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty to save a life.


 

Deputy Shelley Trahan is a dedicated employee who goes above and beyond what falls in her duty description.

Since July 2012, Deputy Trahan has worked the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office front desk, excelling in all duties given to her including greeting citizens with professionalism and handling complaints to the best of her abilities.

Deputy Trahan also volunteers to help in the dispatch center when needed and shows pride in all of the work she does.

Her dedication makes her an exemplary employee and deserving of recognition. Deputy Trahan is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for her outstanding work.


 

Gerald Houston joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in March 1996, assigned to the burglary & theft division. During the course of his employment with CPSO, he has been assigned to the forgery division, narcotics, and also assigned as Community Resident Detective.

In June 2008, Houston was promoted to Lieutenant and LEC case manager. In July 2012, Houston was given additional responsibility of being the P.R.O. for the South Lake Charles LEC and in April 2013 he was promoted to Captain of all CPSO LEC's.

Houston is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Captain.


 

Craig Stubbs has had a career in law enforcement for over 23 years. He joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1995, as a Patrol Deputy.

In 2004, Stubbs was promoted to Lieutenant over Property Crimes in Investigations, in 2005, transferred to Patrol Division as a Shift Lieutenant, and transferred to Civil Division in February 2010. Stubbs has remained in the Civil Division and was promoted to Captain in April 2013.

Stubbs is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Captain.


 

Gerald Allen joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1999 where he was employed as a corrections officer in the jail. He transferred to the Enforcement Division as a patrolman in 2003 before moving to Indiana to serve in the US Army in 2005.

Allen returned to CPSO Patrol Division in March 2007 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2010 and in February 2013 was promoted to Lieutenant. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after receiving his promotion to Patrol Lieutenant.


 

Detective David Doucette has continuously showed kindness and compassion to perfect strangers including victims and their families as well as family members of suspects.

His dedication makes him an exemplary employee and deserving of recognition. Detective Doucette is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for his outstanding work.


 

Deputy Jennifer Fry and Deputy James Terrell of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Photo Lab are dedicated employees who both go above and beyond what falls in their duty description.

They are very courteous and respective of their fellow co-workers and do not know the word "no" when asked to do something, completing tasks in a very timely manner.

Their dedication makes them both exemplary employees and deserving of recognition. Deputy Fry and Deputy Terrell are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for their outstanding work.


 

On January 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital regarding a stabbing.

Upon arrival, Deputy Ben White attempted to talk to the suspect believed to be responsible for the stabbing, when he fled on foot. Deputy White was able to follow the suspect and directly assist in locating and apprehending him.

Deputy White is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and save lives.


 

On October 5, 2012, Deputy Lacey Everett, Sr. Cpl. Jude Sonnier, and Deputy Layton Caruthers, all Emergency Medical Technicians, were assigned to the Fit for Duty for the Corrections Division at the Training Academy.

As the Correctional Deputies were completing the final stages of the exercise, one of the deputies became ill. As Deputies Everett, Sonnier, and Caruthers approached him, they noticed he was not breathing and appeared to have had a heart attack. The EMT's immediately began CPR on him and continued CPR until the ambulance arrived.

Largely in part to Deputy Everett, Sonnier, and Caruthers training and quick response, the deputy received medical care and is now recovering.

Deputy Lacey Everett, Sr. Cpl. Jude Sonnier and Deputy Layton Caruthers are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.


 

Lee Byrne joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff''s Office in 2002, as a part-time correctional officer. Byrne became a full-time deputy in 2003 where he was assigned to the Patrol Division.

Byrne has remained in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Senior Corporal in 2006 and in June 2012 he was promoted to Sergeant. He has also been an alternate member of the CPSO ACT-Team since 2010.

Byrne is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Sergeant.


 

Jason Bergeron has had a career in law enforcement for over 18 years. He joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff''s Office in 2000, as a Patrol Deputy.

Bergeron has remained in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and in June 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant.

Bergeron is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Lieutenant.


 

Since joining the CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit Division in October 2011, twenty year CPSO veteran Sgt. Chris Cormier has shown great interest in the field of forensics and has gone above and beyond with any assignment he is given.

Sgt. Cormier is very patient and professional while speaking with citizens of Calcasieu Parish, taking the time to listen and assist them in their time of need.

His dedication makes him an exemplary employee and deserving of recognition. Sgt. Cormier is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Commendation Pin for his outstanding work.  (Feb 2012)


 

Gene Pittman has had a career in law enforcement for over 17 years. He joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in November of 2004, as a Corrections Officer. In 2007, Gene was transferred to the Patrol Division where he worked night shift patrol. In 2008, he was transferred to the Vice Division and six months later to the Narcotics Division where he served as a Team Leader and ultimately a Supervising Sergeant.

Gene has remained in the Narcotics Division since that date and in 2002 was assigned to the Safe Streets Task Force. In January 2009, he was again promoted to Supervising Sergeant and named the Assistant Director of the CAT Drug Task Force. In January of 2012, Gene was promoted to Lieutenant and named the Director of the CAT Task Force.

Gene is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Lieutenant.  (Jan 2012)


 

Michael Walker began his career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1997 where he worked in the jail. He was transferred to the Enforcement Division as a patrolman in 1998, and later promoted to Patrol Sergeant.

In 2004 Walker was transferred to Narcotics Division where he worked as a detective. In 2005 he was transferred to full-time ACT Team Unit. He has remained in the ACT Team Unit and was promoted to Lieutenant in November 2011.

Walker has also been a member of the Calcasieu Parish SWAT Team for the past 9 years. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after receiving his promotion to lieutenant.  (Jan 2012)


 

John Reddin joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 2001 where he was employed as a corrections officer in the jail. He transferred to the Enforcement Division as a patrolman in 2003. Reddin has remained in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Senior Corporal in 2011 and in January 2012 he was promoted to Sergeant. He has also been a member of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Honor Guard for the past 6 years. Reddin is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Sergeant.  (Jan 2012)


 

On October 6, 2011, Deputy Tracey Willis with the CPSO Motorist Assistance Program (M.A.P.) was dispatched to assist a stranded car near mile marker 33 traveling east on I-10. When Deputy Willis spoke with the driver and passenger of the stranded vehicle, they began to act suspiciously.

A CPSO Patrol Deputy was called to assist and after receiving permission from the driver, he conducted a search of the car and discovered several chemicals inside the car that were consistent with the creation or operation of a clandestine lab, and also over 12 grams of meth.

Deputy Tracey Willis is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a commendation pin for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and save lives.   (Nov 2011)


 

On September 28, 2011, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office was notified Lake Charles City Police Department officers were investigating a homicide that occurred during the early morning hours. During their investigation, it was learned the victim's vehicle had been taken by the suspect and fled outside their jurisdiction.

Upon receiving this information, CPSO Sr. Cpl. Tomas Juarez and Deputy Robert Gates immediately began patrolling the area for the suspect and the vehicle involved. Due to their hard work and training, Sr. Cpl. Juarez and Deputy Gates were able to locate and detain the suspect.

Largely in part to the quick response of CPSO Sr. Cpl. Juarez and Deputy Gates, a homicide suspect was taken off the streets of Calcasieu Parish.

Sr. Cpl. Tomas Juarez and Deputy Robert Gates are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a commendation pin for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.  (Nov 2011)


 

Tomas Juarez has had a career in law enforcement for over 10 years, joining the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 2006 as a deputy in the Patrol Division. Juarez has remained in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Senior Corporal in 2009 and in November 2011 he was promoted to Sergeant. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after receiving his promotion to Patrol Sergeant.  (Nov 2011)


 

In July 2011, CPSO Deputy Pat Liliedahl was asked to step in to assist in the CPSO Logistics Division, which was shorthanded due to another deputy's medical issue. Deputy Liliedahl accepted the task and began taking care of issues immediately, answering requests 24 hours a day without hesitation, in addition to his primary job at the CPSO Fleet Center. His dedication makes him an exemplary employee and deserving of recognition. Deputy Liliedahl is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for his outstanding work.  (Nov 2011)


 

On October 5, 2011, deputies were dispatched to Westwood Road in Westlake regarding a missing child. Sr. Cpl. James Miller and Cpl. Kenny Higginbotham began relentlessly searching the area attempting to locate this young child. Largely in part to Sr. Cpl. James Miller and Cpl. Kenny Higginbotham's quick response, the young child was located several blocks away from her home. Sr. Cpl. James Miller and Cpl. Kenny Higginbotham are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving commendation pins for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.  (Nov 2011)


 

On October 11, 2011, CPSO Deputy Leonard Crawford responded to a call regarding a man refusing to return a baby to the child's mother. Upon arrival, Deputy Crawford displayed professionalism and a caring attitude to calm the situation and return the child to his mother. This is one of many notifications that have been received by CPSO regarding Deputy Crawford taking the time to listen and assist the citizens of Calcasieu Parish in their time of need. Deputy Crawford is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and save lives.  (Nov 2011)


 

In August 2011, CPSO Deputy Seth Burke was assigned the task of assisting with the transitioning of changing radio systems. Deputy Burke was given a specific timeline with a strict deadline for completion. He worked countless hours, even on his own time to accomplish this task. As a result of his dedication, Deputy Burke not only completed his assignment in the time frame assigned to him, but completed it 2 weeks ahead of time. His dedication makes him an exemplary employee and deserving of recognition. Deputy Burke is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for his outstanding work.


 

On October 16, 2011, CPSO Dispatcher Deputy Lacey Greaney received a call from a concerned family member regarding a man that was threatening to harm himself. Deputy Greaney was able to keep the caller calm and get the information needed for a safe response for our patrolmen. Largely in part to Deputy Greaney's quick thinking and calm instructions, the man was located and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Deputy Greaney is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and save lives.


 

Randy Curtis has had a career in law enforcement for over 20 years. He joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 2002, as a deputy in the Patrol Division. In 2004, Curtis was transferred to the Investigation Division, where he worked as a detective in Violent Crimes. In August 2011, he was transferred to the Patrol Division and promoted to Sergeant. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after receiving his promotion to Patrol Sergeant.  (Aug 2011)


 

Ryan Mareno began his career in law enforcement in 1995 and joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in May 2002, as a deputy in the Patrol Division. Mareno has remained in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Senior Corporal in 2008 and in August 2011 he was promoted to Sergeant. He is also the CPSO Marine Dive Team Supervisor, and a certified taser instructor in the Patrol Division and at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Sergeant.  (Aug 2011)


 

On Wednesday, January 14, 2011, Cpl. Steven Arnold and Cpl. Gordon McGee were patrolling the neighborhood of Fairfax Drive in Lake Charles. While checking the residences of the area, the deputies noticed smoke coming from a home and immediately notified the LC Fire Department.

While checking the exterior of the residence, they heard the family cat in distress inside the residence. Cpl Arnold gained entry into the residence to attempt to rescue the animal and check for other victims, however due to the heat and smoke inside the home, he was unable to enter.

While checking for another entrance, Cpl. Arnold and Cpl. McGee located two dogs in kennels in the garage area of the home. Due to close proximity of the fire and the possible impending danger of the animals, Cpl. Arnold and Cpl. McGee, with no regard to their safety, removed the kenneled dogs from the home.

Cpl. Arnold and Cpl. McGee displayed courage and compassion while sacrificing their own possible well-being. Cpl. Steven Arnold and Cpl. Gordon McGee are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a commendation pin for going above and beyond the call of duty.   (Aug 2011)


 

Gerald Thomas began his career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in July 1996 where he worked in the jail. In 1998, Thomas was transferred to the Investigation Division, where he has worked as a detective in Juveniles, Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes, Vice Division, and Domestic Violence. Thomas was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and in July 2011 he was promoted to Lieutenant. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after receiving his promotion to lieutenant.  (Aug 2011)


 

On Sunday, July 17, 2011, Deputy Travis Lavergne was dispatched to a medical emergency call at a home on Greenbriar Road regarding a man that fell while cutting grass and was having trouble breathing. Upon his arrival, the deputy checked the man and found he was not breathing and had no pulse. Deputy Lavergne began performing CPR until the ambulance arrived. The ambulance transported the man to a local hospital, where it was later determined that the man had suffered a heart attack. Largely in part to Deputy Lavergne's quick response, the victim received medical care and is now recovering. 


Deputy Travis Lavergne is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a commendation pin for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.  (Aug 2011)


 

Robbie Broussard joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1992 where he was employed in the jail. He transferred to the Enforcement Division as a patrolman in 1994. Broussard became a detective in the Narcotics Division in 1999 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2004. In July 2011, Broussard was promoted to Lieutenant, and now is the supervisor over the Criminal Intelligence Division. Broussard is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to lieutenant.  (Aug 2011)


 

Darek Ardoin has been with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for 13 years. During his career, he has worked his way to the rank of Lieutenant in Corrections, joined the S.W.A.T. Team as a negotiator, worked as a Domestic Violence detective, and was assigned to the Enforcement Division as a Patrol Supervisor. In May 2011 Ardoin was promoted as Lieutenant of the Patrol Division. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to lieutenant.  (Aug 2011)


 

James (Jim) Graves joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office November, 1, 1989, as a deputy in the Patrol Division. March 1991, he started the original Field Training Program and remained coordinator until January 2001. In March 2002, he was promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division and then promoted to Lieutenant July 1, 2004. He remained in the Patrol Division until being promoted to Captain of the Programs Division on April 1, 2011. He is shown here being congratulated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being promoted to Captain.  (Aug 2011)


 

In June 2011, Cpl. Liz King was on duty working security at Moss Regional Hospital emergency room, when she was approached by a patient. Cpl. King noticed the patient was hemorrhaging severely and quickly placed her in a wheelchair and brought the patient directly to the ER doctor.

While the only nurse was occupied with another patient, Cpl. King stayed in the room and assisted the ER doctor with stabilizing the patient who had uncontrolled bleeding. Cpl. King held the patient's hand, keeping her calm, and event assisted the doctor during an emergency procedure.

Cpl. King displayed courage and compassion to a perfect stranger. She is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and save lives.  (July 2011)


 

During the morning hours of June 5, 2011, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office dispatchers began receiving several phone calls reporting a shooting off of Rustic View Drive in South Lake Charles. Two of the calls came in at the same time - one who was inside the residence and one who had managed to escape from inside the residence.

CPSO Dispatchers, Deputy Shelley Trahan and Deputy Julie Fontenot, were able to keep the callers calm and get the information needed for a safe response for our patrolmen. Both deputies displayed unmatched leadership and pure concern for the safety of the community and the safety of our responding deputies. They were able to keep themselves from becoming emotional and remain professional but compassionate during the entire several minute phone calls.

They are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a Challenge Coin for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and save lives.  (July 2011)


 

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, while off-duty and traveling home from supper with his family, Deputy Mike Dartez came across a traffic accident at an intersection just inside of Jeff Davis Parish. Deputy Dartez noticed a heavily damaged vehicle on the side of the road and another vehicle that was upside down in the ditch, and quickly and unselfishly stopped to assist the injured parties involved in the accident, where he remained until medical help arrived.

Deputy Dartez, a veteran of 16 years, displayed courage and compassion to a perfect stranger while sacrificing his own possible well-being. He is pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso receiving a commendation pin for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives.  (June 2011)