The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of their own today.  Deputy Randall "Randy" Benoit, 41, died today as a result of a head-on collision in Carlyss.

Here is the information we received from the CPSO.


The following is a press release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randall L. Benoit, 41, was pronounced dead this morning as a result of injuries he sustained in a head-on collision on Hwy. 27 (also known as Hwy. 1256) and Red Rose Dr. in Carlyss around 8:00 a.m.  He was on duty at the time of the accident.

Deputy Benoit worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 18 years in Corrections, Patrol, Detectives, Warrants, and Safe School Divisions. At the time of his death he was working in the Civil Division.

“Our hearts are heavy this morning with the passing of Randy,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “He was a great asset to our department and will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time.”

Louisiana State Police is investigating the accident.

---Kim Myers CPSO

On a personal note, I worked for the Sheriff's Office for 10 years.  I had a chance to work with Randy and to know him.  This past December, I was the DJ at the Sheriff's Office Christmas party.  I was on stage and Randy came up on stage to say hi and we got to visit with each other for a little while and I am so glad we did.

My sympathy's go out out to his wife and family.  When you are or were a police officer, it's like a brotherhood and today we lost one of our brothers.

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