Baton Rouge community members to honor fallen heroes with balloon release

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) - People across the Baton Rouge community will come together tonight to honor the three fallen officers; Matthew Gerald, Montrell Jackson, and Brad Garafola at Baton Rouge Police Headquarters tonight for a balloon release.

Mackenzie Shaw, one of the organizers of today's event, wanted to make sure that officers knew how much the community appreciates the work they do for the community.

"We wanted them to know how much we appreciate and honor them for the work they do and continue to do for us," said Shaw. "We want them to know that we got their six."

Organizers are asking those wanting to attend to bring black and blue balloons and start to gather around 6 p.m.

The balloon release will take place around 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today issued a statement on the anniversary of the fatal ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement.

“One year after the fatal shooting of our brave Baton Rouge Police officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson, and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola, we are reminded of the ultimate sacrifice many of our uniformed officers all too often pay when serving our communities. I ask that we continue to honor those lives lost serving and protecting us by coming together as a city and moving forward in solidarity. On behalf of the great citizens of Baton Rouge, I thank our men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe.”  

Mayor-President Broome has also ordered all flags on city-parish grounds to be flown at half-staff today in honor of the officers.

 

 


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