LPSO Gives Big to Relay for Life

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             Second Annual Tactical Expo--Second Annual Success                                                                             February/March 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                 A publication for the employees and friends of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      C RAIG W EBRE , S HERIFF

                                                 Once again, business and

                                                                                                                                   t he

                                                 community leaders were

                                                 invited to view and test
                                                 some of our latest
                                                 weaponry.      And once
                                                 again, not only were they
                                                 impressed with our equip-
                                                 ment and day-to-day
                                                 operations, they also had
                                                 a great time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    g o              f
                                                                                                                                                                                       LPSO Gives Big to Relay for Life
                                                 The approximately 50
                                                 participants praised the                                                                                                             Sheriff’s Office raised almost $10,000 for event
                                                 professionalism of our
                                                 deputies, and were given                                                                                                             By Angela Stewart                        Dave Paul’s crew helped set up
                                                 an opportunity to speak to                                                                                                                                                    (and stayed late to take down) the
                                                 our deputies.                                                                                                                        This years Relay For Life event          tents and cooked the food for
                                                                                                                                                                                      held in Thibodaux on April 7,            everyone to enjoy.
                                                 Deputies did a wonderful                                                                                                             2006, was very successful.
                                                 job teaching participants                                                                                                                                                     Dale Savoie and Wayne Foret
                                                 how to use the equipment
                                                 and     explaining     the
                                                                                                                                           I N T HIS I SSUE                           The American Cancer Society
                                                                                                                                                                                      was able to reach their goal of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               raised over $1,500.00 just by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               shaving their heads. LDA’s dunk-
                                                 responsibilities and chal-                                                                                                           raising over $200,000 with               ing booth raised $572.00, the jail
                                                 lenges of their individual                                                            Blast from the Past.....-page 2                $30,000 of that amount raised on         raised $779.00, and onion mums,
                                                 jobs.                                                                                                                                event night.     The Lafourche           drinks and the raffle raised over
                                                                                                                                       Employee Spotlight.....-page 2                 Parish Sheriff's Office won the          $1,000.00.
                                                 Here are some photos to                                                                                                              “Most Money Raised by a
                                                 refelect the time they had.                                                           Deputies Honored.......-page 3                 Governmental Agency” award by              All of this could not have been
                                                 Thanks to all who partici-                                                                                                           raising over $9,700.00 for the           done without everyone working
                                                 pated. It was definitely a                                                            LDA Report.................-page 2             American Cancer Society.                 together and volunteering their
                                                 group effort.                                                                                                                                                                 time.
                                                                                                                                       Hopefully not Here......-page 4                We also won the “Best Team T-
                                                                                                                                                                                      Shirt” award (Thanks to Rachelle         Some of our LPSO participants
  Funny Quotes Heard in Offices in America but Definitely Not Here                                                                     Torch Run...................-page 3            for designing our shirt).                are cancer survivors:
                                                                                                                                       Tactical Expo..............-page 4                                                      Lenore Rink (Team member)
                                                                                                                                                                                      The American Cancer Society
By Larry Weidel                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sue Croker (Team member)
                                                                                                                                                                                      awarded Lenore Rink with a
                                                                "Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule."                                                                                                    Ryan Dantin
                                                                                                                                                                                      scholarship, the Explorers assist-
A magazine recently ran a "Dilbert Quote s" contest. They       (Plant Manager, Delco Corporation)
                                                                                                                                                                                      ed with parking, Greg Dumas              Penny Zeringue (Team member)
were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life                                                                                                                         recited the pledge, and our Honor        Linda Bernard
Dilbert-comic-strip-type managers. These were voted the          "No one will believe you solved this problem in one day!
                                                                                                                                              Rap Sheet Contributors                  Guard presented the Colors at
top ten quotes from some managers across corporate              We've been working on it for months? Now go act busy for
                                                                                                                                                                                      the opening ceremony for the             As always we remember our
America:                                                        a few weeks and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them."
                                                                                                                                       Larry Weidel............Written Content        event.                                   employees who lost their lives to
                                                                (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               cancer: Donna Fanara and Traci
"As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the      Corp.)
                                                                                                                                       Rachelle Hitt.......Design and Layout          Everyone’s hard work went into           Duplantis.
building using individual security cards. Pictures will be                                                                                                                            making this event enjoyable to all.
taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their          Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing
                                                                what I say." (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)                 Christie Pepper....Contributing Writer
cards in two weeks." ?(This was the winning quote from
Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in Redmond WA)
                                                                My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for                Angela Stewart.....Contributing Writer
"What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems      Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose
we might encounter." ?(Lykes Lines Shipping)                    so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the                Story Ideas or Suggestions?
                                                                year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday.
"E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It    He said, "That would be better for me." (Shipping executive,               Please contact Larry Weidel with
should be used only for company business." ?(Accounting         FTD Florists)                                                                     your story ideas at
manager, Electric Boat Company)                                                                                                       
                                                                "We know that communication is a problem, but the compa-                           or 985-632-5844.
"This project is so important we can't let things that are      ny is not going to discuss it with the employees." (Switching
more important interfere with it." ?(Advertising/Marketing      supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)
manager, United Parcel Service)
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                                                                                                                                      Kindergarten Kids Honor Deputies                                               TORCH RU N ‘06
         LDA Report                                                        Blast from the Past                                     Larose Elementary School students express their gratitude
  By Christie Pepper                                                                                                              By Larry Weidel

  The LDA held a spaghetti dinner
                                                                                        p o
                                                                            Remember inspections???                               In celebration of the
                                                                                                                                  Police          Officers
  fundraiser and sold 200 dinners,
                                                                                                                                  National       Memorial
  which made a profit of approxi-
                                                                                                                                  Week in May, students
  mately $700.00.
                                                                                                                                  from kindergarten to
                                                                                                                                  the second grade at
  The board members would like to
                                                                                                                                  Larose      Elementary
  thank all who helped out in the
                                                                                                                                  School participated in
  fundraiser and all who purchased
                                                                                                                                  drawing pictures and
  dinners, without the help of our
                                                                                                                                  sending messages to
  members it would have not been a
                                                                                                                                  members        of    the
                                                                                                                                  Lafourche         Parish
                                                                                                                                  Sheriff's Office.
  We are planning a softball tourna-
  ment fundraiser on the weekend of
                                                                                                                                  Deputy         Charlene
  August 4th-6th. We are asking for
                                                                                                                                  Rodrigue, SRO for the schools in Larose, called me one day to share with
  anyone who is interested in volun-
                                                                                                                                  me hundreds of cards and letters made by the children to be sent to
  teering time to please contact one
                                                                                                                                  deputies throughout the parish. Cards of every color and level of art that
  of the board members.
                                                                                                                                  can be produced by a five to seven year old were presented to me to hand
                                                                                                                                  out to our officers.
  All help is appreciated. We are
  hoping for a good turnout and hop-
  ing to get the LDA back to what it                        Spotlight on                                                          Some of the messages read:
  originated as.

  We are in the process of planning
                                                    Shirley Collins                                                               "Dear officer, you are the best people ever.” Natalie

  Lafourche Pride which will be at                                                                                                "Dear officer, thank you for keeping our country
  the NSU ballroom on September                                                        While in Patrol,
  9th.                                                                                                                            safe…what kind of dogs do you have?” Jules
                                                                                       Shirley      Collins
                                                                                       applied for and
  The LDA is also discussing the                                                       was assigned to                            "Dear officer, thank you for risking your life for us. And
  possibility of holding a family fun
  day for the members, and with the
                                                                                       the position of                            killing the bad people so I do not die. And I would love you
                                                                                       Disabilities Coordinator in PSS. In that
  help of Ronnie Thibodaux holding                                                                                                to keep doing what you are doing. Oh, before I forget
                                                                                       position, she developed a training cur-
  a car show as a fundraiser.                                                          riculum for law enforcement officers       thank you for keeping our world safe. And our water clean
                                                                                       who respond to persons with disabilities   too.” Mary Alice
  The secretary, Christie Pepper, in                                                   along with a video for victims of crime.
  an effort to get more people                                                         The grant for this position ended after
  involved and informed of what the                                                    three years. Shirley is now a Domestic     "Dear police officer, thank you for helping us wene those
  LDA is doing, has been typing the                                                    Violence Specialist in PSS.                bad guys stol my scooter bike and scooter scatboard.” Ty
  minutes submitting them to the
  other board members to proofread        By Larry Weidel
                                                                                       To Shirley Collins, being with the
  and then posting them to all                                                         Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office is a
                                                                                                                                  "Thank you for keeping our water safe and helping pepole
  deputies on the bulletin board.         Shirley Collins has been working for the                                                that's lost.” Tyler
                                                                                       family affair. She is married to Allen
                                          LPSO for about 5 ½ years now. She
                                                                                       Collins, who is a Patrol Deputy. She
  The LDA is here for you and             began on December 11, 2000 and was
                                                                                       also has three daughters, Sheena
  through the testimonials that were      first assigned to Gary Price in the finan-                                              "We love you cops.” Madeleine
                                                                                       Birnberg (another Deputy) and Sandy
  heard at the mandatory meeting, it      cial section. About two months later
                                                                                       Birnberg, a member of the Sheriff's
  is evident that we are here for you     Shirley was transferred to CID and                                                      The cards and letters were decorated with flowers and hearts. There were
                                                                                       Explorer Scout program.
  when it is needed.                      began the academy. For two years she                                                    pictures of police cars, boats, and small children walking with their large
                                          worked at CID. While there, Shirley took                                                friend, the policeman. Almost all the cards were signed with "we love you".
                                                                                       Shirley and her husband, Allen, are not
  We are asking for more members          advantage of training opportunities and
                                                                                       originally from the "the bayou" but have
  to try and help out in our functions,   became an instructor for RAD (Rape                                                      This exercise allowed these young children to express their love and appre-
                                                                                       made Lafourche Parish their home. If
  or even to be present during meet-      Aggression Defense) and a supplemen-                                                    ciation to our fellow police officers. We can all return the favor the next time
                                                                                       you listen to them speak, you might
  ings. We all understand that we         tal officer for PSS (Police Social                                                      we see one of these very impressionable children.
                                                                                       even detect a little Cajun influence in
  have demanding jobs and sched-          Services). Her Captain was John
                                                                                       their conversations. Yeah, right!
  ules, but the meetings are usually      Morse. She then transferred to Patrol.                                                  We just can't draw as well as they can.
  just an hour a month.

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