UPDATE: OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KTVE/KARD) — The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the funeral arrangements for fallen Lieutenant Michael Swallow.

According to deputies, the funeral service for Lt. Swallow will be Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at North Monroe Baptist Church, 210 Finks Hideaway Road. Deputies say there will be a visitation on Wednesday, January 12th at North Monroe Baptist Church from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office released the following message about his career as a deputy:

Lt. Swallow began his career at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy in 1993.

He later joined the Department as a full-time Deputy Sheriff in 1996 at the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center. He served both the Corrections and Patrol Divisions until transferring to the Identification Division, which included forensics, the scientific techniques used in the detection of crime.

This was obviously his calling as he had a keen interest in this area of investigations.   He attended numerous training seminars and continually trained to learn the latest techniques to assure Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office investigations were as thorough as possible based on the latest technology.   He was a member of and later supervised the OPSO Crime Scene Unit for several years. He also served as an instructor in this field of expertise at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office-North Delta Training Academy.

“Lt. Swallow was a great friend to all and an exemplary Law Enforcement Officer.  Mike was instrumental in bringing forensics and identification technology to OPSO, which has directly led to the identification and prosecution of many criminals.  He certainly left his mark here and OPSO is a better place because of Lt. Mike Swallow” said Chief Deputy Marc Mashaw.

Mike was very meticulous in his work, understanding the importance of details. This was evidenced by his success.  He received numerous letters of commendations from not only OPSO but other agencies and the Courts noting his exemplary work.

His family and the Sheriff’s Office have received a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.  He not only was respected as a Deputy Sheriff but participated in many community activities on a personal level, having a positive impact on all that he knew.  He will be deeply missed by all of us.

Thank all of you for your prayers and support for his family, OPSO and his friends.  We ask for your continued prayers during this time.

MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) – Deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office are mourning the loss of one of their own, Lieutenant Michael Swallow, who passed away on January 8th

KTVE news spoke with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff, Jay Russell, and he remembers the legacy left behind by Lieutenant Swallow.

“Lieutenant Swallow was, he was someone we will always remember here.” Says Sheriff Russell.” 

“Mike will always be in our hearts. He will always be part of this department regardless if I’m here or not. He will always be the one who will be remembered on the second floor and ID and Record Section.” Says Russell. 

Lieutenant Swallow dedicated his entire career serving the citizens of Ouachita Parish for twenty-five years. Sheriff Russell says Lieutenant Swallow went the extra mile with everything he did.

“I remember several times, a lot of times people’s prints are not really good to concealed carry and wanted, you know, a weapon. Mike will go to their home and finger print them himself to make sure that that person they wanted a concealed carry permit, they got it. And people don’t do that.” Says Sheriff Russell.  

Family and friends are also sharing memories of Lieutenant Swallow on social media.

“Always positive, what a great guy. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for his family.” Commented one person on a Facebook post. 

“Unbelievable news, such a great guy, always a beautiful smile. Rest in peace my friend. Prayers to all his family, friends, and brothers in law enforcement.” Said another person. 

Sheriff Russell says Lieutenant Swallow even advocated and tried his best to bring the best DNA technology to the Ouachita Parish.

“He was looking at in-house DNA for us to do our own process in here, in which that dream one day will come true. We’re looking into that. 

But is Lieutenant Swallow’s legacy that will remain vivid in everyone’s hearts

“They have those memories. Those good memories of him. And what he stood for, and what he believed. We are going to hold on to them. We are not going to let them go.”