Police chief laid to rest

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch was laid to rest Thursday at the Morgan City Cemetery after hundreds of people packed Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the Mass of Christian Burial, and law enforcement agencies from multiple parishes participated in the services.
Crouch was adamant that children respect police officers but not fear them, the Rev. Greg Fratt of Sacred Heart Catholic Church said during Thursday’s service.
“He wanted them to know that (police officers) were there to protect them, that they were their friends,” Fratt said.
Crouch also had great respect for his elders, Fratt said.
Ten Morgan City police officers were Crouch’s pallbearers and also presided over his casket watch Thursday with assistance from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. “Travis was loved by so many to the end,” Fratt said.
Crouch’s mother told Fratt that Crouch was a good child but stubborn. Crouch was dedicated to his efforts to improve the police department. “And that didn’t only include the smell of the department with his cologne. He was always wearing that cologne,” Fratt said.
Following visitation services at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, the procession went to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Mass and then to the Morgan City Cemetery for the graveside service.
A reading from the book of Revelation was selected because it referenced God chasing the “bad guys” out of heaven, which is something police officers have a similar devotion to in the communities they serve, Fratt said.
“And we know Jesus conquered the enemies of sin and death for us, Travis would say the same … I have fought the good fight,” Fratt said.
“Travis loved his family and his police family. He will be missed,” he said.
At the graveside service, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard performed the three volleys of three gun salute, taps, and a flag folding ceremony.
Morgan City Assistant Police Chief Michael Banks presented three American flags to Crouch’s family. The three flags were draped over Crouch’s casket with a polished spent shell casing inside the flags to represent the gun salute, Morgan City Police Spokesman Lt. James Blair said.
Morgan City Sgt. Kenneth LaCoste called to Crouch’s police radio during the “last call” ceremony to which Banks responded “10-7” — officer out of service.
Crouch was found dead in a hotel room at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., on Jan. 31 with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. On Monday, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove ruled Crouch’s death a suicide.
Just a year ago at Chitimacha Police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach’s funeral, Crouch said it was “a sad day to lose a brother, but it’s heartwarming to see people turn out to support the family. To see people who didn’t know Rick personally weeping, that’s a strong statement of the brotherhood of the fire, police and emergency services.”

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