BATON ROUGE - A Houston company made custom caskets for three officers killed in Baton Rouge. Those caskets were transported Thursday from Texas to Louisiana.
Trey Ganem, who makes specialized caskets, said when we heard of the tragedy his team immediately got to work, building caskets for the officers free-of-charge.
"I just felt compelled," Ganem told WBRZ. "This is something that if they would have it, that I definitely want to go ahead and pay it forward."
Ganem met with the wife of BRPD Officer Matthew Gerald on Thursday to personally deliver the special casket. Gerald's coffin was adorned with stars and stripes, a nod to his military background.
"She was like, 'he would have loved it, he would have loved it. He wouldn't have wanted to be in some plain casket. It was like you knew him,'" Ganem says.
Ganem's team of nine worked nonstop for 6-hours per casket, also creating them for Brad Garafola and Montrell Jackson.