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Texas Brotherhood Ride

05-27-2018

St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney’s Office Celebrates Fallen Hero

Laplace, Louisiana – Sunday, May 27, 2018 – District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut and members of her staff joined the men and women of the Texas Brotherhood Ride to honor St. John Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin and his family.

The Texas Brotherhood Ride is a non-profit organization established to honor law enforcement and fire personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty. The riders bicycle hundreds of miles annually to honor heroes from our communities and raise money for the families of fallen heroes. Over the next week, the riders will bicycle over six hundred miles from Westwego to San Antonio, Texas honoring eleven fallen first responders from Texas and Louisiana. This year, Chauvin was selected as an honoree. The Laplace stop was the second stop for the riders on their trip and was held at the St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Station now bearing Chauvin’s name.

Along with Chauvin, honorees from Louisiana include Westwego Police Officer Mike Louviere, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Anderson, Fenton Police Officer Shannon Brown.

A somber and heartfelt ceremony was held to celebrate the life and service of Spencer Chauvin with many from the Chauvin family in attendance. The riders stood by with members of St. John Fire and the St. John District Attorney’s Office as presentations were made and as a memorial wreath was given to the Chauvin family.

The District Attorney’s Office was contacted by members of the organization requesting help to support the riders on their way and to help them pay homage to the Chauvin Family. Dinvaut and her team cooked lunch for the riders and event attendees. With riders representing fire and law enforcement agencies from around the country, Dinvaut’s pastalaya impressed the group with a taste of local flavor. Roughly a dozen members of the District Attorney’s Office fed the group before they set off for Baton Rouge and the day’s third memorial ceremony.

The District Attorney’s Office remains diligent in supporting and protecting the victims of crime. Dinvaut stated she was proud that her office could be a part of honoring our local hero and supporting the Chauvin family.

St. John the Baptist Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin was struck and killed August 28, 2017, by an unlicensed driver, while working a crash scene on Interstate 10. District Attorney Dinvaut’s office recently prosecuted Denis Amaya-Rodriguez in the criminal matter relating to the death of Chief Chauvin and two others. Amaya-Rodriguez was convicted by a St. John the Baptist Parish jury and he has been sentenced to serve fifteen (15) years with the Department of Corrections for his actions.


Contact:
Bridget A. Dinvaut, District Attorney
bdinvaut@stjohnda.com
Ph: 985-652-9757


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"Walk A Mile in Their Shoes" Victims Walk

04-18-2018

 
                                           Bridget A. Dinvaut, left, and Lisa Tregre
                     help lead the St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney’s Office’s
 

             "Walk A Mile in Their Shoes" Victims' Walk

           D.A.’s office wants community to stay involved

 

By Brooke Robichaux

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Published 12:14 am Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LAPLACE — A crowd of more than 30 people trekked a mile through the wind and drizzling rain Saturday

morning to show solidarity for victims of violent crimes who brave the storm every day amid a complicated

criminal justice system.

Hosted by the St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney’s Office, the inaugural Crime Victim’s

Awareness Walk was held in LaPlace and attracted participants from as far away as Moss Point, Miss.

 

District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut was thrilled with the turnout, and she said the love and support shown

within the local community proves crime victims are never alone in their fight.

“We have not tapped into the best resource we have in St. John the Baptist Parish, and that’s the people of St. John,” Dinvaut said. “When we come together as a community, we can do anything. I appreciate and applaud the people who had the courage to still come out in the weather.”

The inclement weather symbolized the challenges victims must face every day, from lengthy trials to dissecting complex legal terminology, according to Dinvaut.

Edie Triche, mother of fallen St. John the Baptist Parish officer Jeremy Triche, was one of many who walked in solidarity on Saturday.

She said it is important to her to attend and give back to a community that has been there for her family.

“We had a lot of people that supported us, including the district attorney,” Triche said.

“She’s there for us, and we’re still going through trials. It’s important for all community members to get together.

“The support of the community is the only way we can get through what we’ve been through.”

During the event, participants were given gift bags containing T-shirts, water bottles, wristbands, hand sanitizers and educational information about serving as a witness in a criminal trial.

Dinvaut said educational information fit in with the 2018 national theme, “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.”

Organizer Jennifer Duhe said the District Attorney’s Office would continue hosting awareness walks and other events annually in recognition of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week.


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