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.
Bridget A. Dinvaut, District Attorney