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Hero Down: Berwick Police Officer David Duhon Succumbs To Cancer

Berwick, LA – Berwick Police Department (BPD) Officer David Lee Duhon II died on April 8 after a brave battle against cancer.

The 49-year-old officer passed away peacefully at his home, according to his obituary.

Officer Duhon served the BPD as a full-time patrol officer for nine years before he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2008.

He remained active as a reserve officer for the rest of his life.

The town of Berwick announced the 23-year BPD veteran’s death in a Facebook post on April 9.

The town described Officer Duhon as “one of our own” and noted that he served the Berwick community for two decades “in every division.”

“He worked for the public works, was a Volunteer Firefighter, as well as a full time Police Officer from 1999 to 2008,” the post read. “Upon leaving the police department in August of 2008, he remained active as a Reserve Officer for the Police Department.”

“Please keep his family and friends in your prayers,” the town’s post read.

Officer Duhon leaves behind his wife of 15 years, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Stephanie Duhon, and his daughters, Addison and Kaitlyn, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his twin grandchildren, Aurora and Ryder, as well as his parents, sister, and in-laws.

“David was a loving devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and a true friend,” his obituary read. “He will always be remembered for his humor, wit, kindness, devotion and that sly smile.”

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office also shared a post in Officer Duhon’s honor on April 9.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of his passing,” the sheriff’s office said. “David had a heart of service and will be missed by his community, his family, friends, and his brothers and sisters who wear the badge. Please remember Captain Stephanie Duhon and her family during this difficult time.”

Officer Duhon was laid to rest on April 11.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Berwick Police Department Officer David Lee Duhon II, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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