In Memory of Deputy First Class Kyle Melancon
Louisiana Loses First Class Deputy
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, Louisiana residents were informed that a local officer had died. Deputy First Class Kyle Melancon, age 33, died due to complications of COVID19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have learned that certain occupations carry a much greater risk of contracting the virus. Jobs that fall in the first responder, law enforcement, and essential services were the hardest hit. Deputy First Class Kyle Melancon continued to serve residents of Ascension Parish despite the threat to his health and that of his family.
Deputy Melancon served his community as a law enforcement officer with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for more than seven years. He served as a correctional officer and transportation officer. Many members of his family are also in law enforcement. Melancon’s grandfather served as Chief of Police in Sorrento. His father worked with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher. Melancon’s brother, BJ Melancon, is also a member of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to the accreditation unit.
COVID19 has taken the lives of hundreds of law enforcement officers across the United States. Officers at one time had to be concerned about gun violence or other crime that could put their lives at risk. Today, they face an invisible bullet as they continue to protect their communities, the virus a threat to their lives and the lives of their family.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre spoke of the impact of the losses. “We are in some very challenging times in our profession; there is still a lot of uncertainty with the virus Covid-19. The health and safety of our work-family and our community are paramount.”
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office
The Melancon family, which includes Deputy Kyle Melancon, his brother, and his father, served with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. The APSO works with its community residents to provide professional, cost-effective, and progressive law enforcement services. The agency uses cutting-edge technology to keep the community safe. This could include programs that involve citizen technology, such as linking their home surveillance footage with the department.
The agency provides patrol and investigative services. The APSO is responsible for managing the Ascension Parish Jail, court services, security, school resource officers, and many more services. The APSO works hard to ensure the community’s safety, allowing an excellent quality of life for all residents.
As the losses to COVID19 continue worldwide, we will have to remember the children. So many parents and grandparents have been lost to the virus that children of tomorrow face an uncertain future. Deputy First Class Kyle Melancon leaves behind his wife and son. It will take the support of all those around them to ensure that they fulfill their futures. Law enforcement and residents came together to show respect and gratitude for the sacrifice made by Melancon as he was escorted to his final resting place.
Sheriff Bobby Webre shared condolences and asked for prayers as he briefed residents about the loss. “It is with complete sadness and a hurting heart I write to inform you that Kyle Melancon, a deputy in our transportation division, passed away this morning from COVID-19 and related complications. Kyle had been fighting this virus for several weeks; we all hoped and prayed for his return to good health. We send our condolences to his wife Rebecca, his children, coworkers, and all of those who loved him. Please remember his family in your prayers.”