Thursday night, the group Victims and Citizens Against Crime honored some of the most effective crime fighters and case solvers in the New Orleans area.
Among this year’s recipients was Jefferson Parish deputy Larry Hall. Earlier this year, Hall arrived at a traffic accident while he was off-duty. He saw a car that had overturned at a canal in Metairie. The car was sinking, so Hall hurried to help the woman who was driving it. He also pulled her two young children and the family’s dog to safety.
The group also honored State Rep. Austin Badon who insisted that the state and others keep searching for missing teacher Terrilynn Monette. Badon’s work led to the discovery of Monette’s submerged car with her body inside, providing closure for her family.
Also honored in the Monette case was Slidell officer Mark Michoud who volunteered time to search for the car. He chose to look in an area that had already been checked and cleared. But it was Michoud whose dive discovered the missing teacher’s car.
WGNO was also honored to receive an award from the group. The station’s “Wheel of Justice” reports have landed well over 100 wanted suspects in jail. Thank you, Victims and Citizens Against Crime for the honor.