SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - The community is remembering a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty. Deputy Randall Benoit was laid to rest today. Benoit, 41, died Wednesday morning after injuries sustained in a four-vehicle crash.
According to State Police, Benoit's squad car was northbound on Highway 27 when it was struck by a vehicle that crossed the center line near Red Rose Road.
Benoit's funeral was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur. The Sulphur and Carlyss Fire Departments raised an American Flag between two fire trucks for the funeral procession. Benoit's family, friends and fellow officers as well as officers from neighboring agencies drove under the flag en route to Royer Cemetery, where he was buried.
"Randy was one of those guys that was just happy all the time. When you left him you were smiling and shaking your head, "What did he just say?""
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso remembers Benoit as a man who made people laugh, who had a cheerful personality and who could brighten up any room.
"He had the ability to bring something out in it," Mancuso said. "To lighten the moment and make you smile and forget about the tragedy or the bad things that were going on."
Bagpipes, trumpets and a 21-gun salute ended the burial ceremony at Royer Cemetery in Sulphur.