Lake Charles –
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Relations Officer (PRO) LT. Dan Herman, Vinton Law Enforcement Center, was one of eleven law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2017 Heart of Law Enforcement Award. Lt. Herman was nominated to receive this award for his selfless acts during the flooding in March 2016 in the western part of Calcasieu Parish.
During the flooding Lt. Herman lost his home, but instead of taking time off to care for his own needs he continued to work countless hours to provide assistance to other members of the community who were also being affected by the flooding. When Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso advised Lt. Herman to take time off during the flooding, he declined and stated, “This is my community. I will worry about myself when this is over.” Lt. Herman’s fellow deputies said he never put himself or his family before other members of the community and continued to work nonstop in spite of his devastating loss. “Lt. Herman is a hard working deputy who always puts others’ needs before his own. I am so pleased he is being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization because he a very deserving recipient. I am proud to say he works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.
Lt. Herman was presented the award by Beyond the Badge Inc. on March 21 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge. Beyond the Badge is a non-profit organization that presents this award to officers who perform acts of kindness that go beyond what is professionally required. “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award, but I feel like any deputy in our department would have done the same thing for their community,” says Lt. Herman.”