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Hero Down: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Myles Ledet Dies By Suicide

Ponchatoula, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) Deputy Myles Ritter Ledet died by suicide on Dec. 4, according to his department.

The TPSO confirmed the 34-year-old deputy’s death in a press release later that day.

“The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is mourning the sudden loss of Deputy Myles Ledet, who died of an apparent suicide earlier this afternoon,” Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said.

TPSO Chief Jimmy Travis said Deputy Ledet’s coworkers described him as a “kind and extremely loveable man.”

“He was the kind of person to give you the shirt off his back,” Chief Travis added.

Deputy Ledet worked as a corrections officer for the Hammond Police Department prior to joining the TPSO as a patrol deputy.

He went to work for the East Jefferson Levee District Police for several years before he ultimately returned to work at the TPSO earlier in 2021.

“Sheriff Edwards asks the public to keep the Ledet family as well as our deputies in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of a great friend,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputy Ledet leaves behind his wife of 12 years, Ethel-Lou, as well as his daughter, Briseis, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, stepfather, sister, in-laws, grandmother, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends and extended family members.

Deputy Ledet was laid to rest on Dec. 10.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Myles Ritter Ledet, 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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