Calcasieu Parish, La. Sheriff’s deputy loses home in flood, continues to serve through devastation

Many of the residents of the Calcasieu Parish in Louisiana are homeless now following last weeks flood from the Sabine River. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has been working around the clock to help flooding victims, one victim is a Sheriff’s Deputy who is putting the community before himself.

Lieutenant Dan Herman a 20 year veteran of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is putting duty before his own needs and that of his family. He is choosing to continue to assist the stricken people of Calcasieu and help them rather than attempt to gather his belongings or settle his family now.

Herman told KPLC: “I’m working, but that’s my job. That’s what I do, I know the people in the area and they’re going through the same thing and I’m no different. I’m just like them.”

Sheriff Tony Mancuso told Herman to take the time off he needed. “I told him he could go home or he could go with his wife, but he didn’t do it. He stayed working everyday,” said Mancuso. “I don’t have words to explain that loyalty and commitment.”

“He said ‘this is my community, I’ll worry about myself when this is over,’ what kind of guy is that? That tells you what kind of guy he is,” said Commander James McGee.

Thankfully, before the water ever reached his home, his fellow deputies showed up with a trailer to help him remove his furniture and appliances.

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“He’s a guy that doesn’t ask for anything, but we found out by accident. He was out there with his wife trying to move everything,” said McGee.

“We basically forced ourselves on him because we knew he would never ask,” said Detective Sergeant Jeremy Trahan.

Lt. Herman had no flood insurance on his home that was devastated. There is a GoFundMe account that has been set up by his co-workers on his behalf called “CPSO’s Dan Herman Flood Recovery

** To La. residents please take note Via KATC that Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced that the dusk till dawn curfew that covered I-10 North to the parish line, and Highway 109 west to the Sabine River implemented by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury during the flooding has now been lifted.

Mancuso also announced that all boat launches on the Calcasieu River are now open to recreational traffic.  The Calcasieu River is no longer under a “No Wake Zone.”

Also the devastation has been so severe that flood victims may qualify for food stamps; Check here to see if you qualify for assistance with KSLA.

 

 

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