That is East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, praying at the hearse carrying the body of Deputy Brad Garafola, one of three law enforcement officers murdered last Sunday by Gavin Long. Here is that image from a different angle:


I don’t know who took either image. They are going around my Facebook friends. I found them both on the feed of Sheriff Gautreaux’s daughter.

They are stunning images. His daughter said she’s never seen her father, a veteran lawman, so broken up as he’s been this week. Baton Rouge buried police Officer Matthew Gerald on Friday, Deputy Garofala on Saturday, and will bury police Officer Montrell Jackson today.

My dad used to go hunting with Sid Gautreaux when I was a kid. I hadn’t seen the sheriff in decades. But when he heard last summer that my father was on his deathbed, he drove up to Starhill to tell him goodbye, just days before Daddy passed. It meant the world to my dad. That’s a good man, that Sid Gautreaux. The honor in that image.