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HONORING SHAWN T. ANDERSON
(Mr. HIGGINS of Louisiana asked and was given permission to address
the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. HIGGINS of Louisiana. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a saddened
heart for my friend and comrade Sergeant Shawn T. Anderson, a veteran
and highly decorated police officer, who was shot dead on Saturday
evening as he attempted to arrest a rape suspect.
Sergeant Anderson died as he lived: in honorable service to the
people of his State, Louisiana, and his city, Baton Rouge, wearing the
uniform of my comrade and friend Sheriff Sid Gautreaux of the East
Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Speaker, there are 435 Members of this esteemed body. We wear a
small badge upon our lapel to acknowledge our service to the citizens
of the country we love.
One million of us across the country wear another badge, resembling
this one, of various shapes and colors. We are the thin blue line. When
we lose a brethren or sistren, we place a mourning band upon our badge.
Over the course of the last decade, it has been difficult to remove my
mourning badge because we wear them for 7 days, and I find myself never
quite able to get the mourning band removed from the badge that I wear.
My soul and my heart delivers unto my lips constant prayer for the
family of my brother Sergeant Anderson, for his fellow deputies, his
community, and, indeed, for our Nation.
Our job begins with an oath. That oath is not an oath of allegiance
to a sheriff or a chief or a marshal. It is an oath of allegiance to
the institutional principles that our badges represent. Sergeant
Anderson gave his last life's blood in service to all of us.
I thank the Speaker for allowing me to honor my fallen comrade.