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Hero Down: Watervliet Police Department Sergeant Marc Langlais Dies Unexpectedly

Coeymans, NY – Watervliet Police Department (WPD) Sergeant Marc Langlais died unexpectedly at his home on April 19.

The 43-year-old sergeant was off-duty when he passed away, according to his obituary.

His exact cause of death was not immediately released.

“It is with great sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Sergeant Marc Langlais,” the WPD said in a press release later that day.

Sgt. Langlais joined the WPD in July of 2004 and “quickly established himself as a hardworking and compassionate officer,” the department said.

“He always knew what he wanted to do for a career following in his late grandfather’s footsteps, Ned McLaughlin, W.P.D., whom he adored,” his obituary read.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on June 29, 2015.

During his decades of service with the WPD, Sgt. Langlais helped establish the department’s bodycam program and also worked with new recruits as an instructor at the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Sgt. Langlais was the longest-serving member of the WPD when he passed away.

“On behalf of the department and entire Watervliet community, we send our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to Marc’s wife, children and entire family,” WPD Chief Joseph Centanni said in the press release. “Saying goodbye for the last time is one of the most difficult things to do in life.”

Chief Centanni said he was unable to find the words to express who Marc was as a person or how significant his loss is for all who knew him.

“We are doing our best to find comfort in the great memories Marc gave us,” the chief continued. “He was a devoted husband and father who always prioritized his family. His dedication, contributions and commitment to the department and City will last forever.”

Watervliet Mayor Charles Patricelli said Sgt. Langlais’ family and his “law enforcement brothers and sisters” are in his family’s thoughts and prayers.

“May the love and compassion of those around them bring comfort and peace in the days ahead,” Patricelli added.

Sgt. Langlais leaves behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 18 years, Elizabeth, as well as his children, Sullivan and Samuel, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, siblings, uncle, and cousins.

A fundraising campaign established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $36,000 so far.

Sgt. Langlais’ memorial service was held on April 24.

“Marc will be deeply missed by his colleagues, family and friends,” the WPD said. “His commitment to service and dedication to the Watervliet community will live on…Rest easy Sergeant Langlais.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Watervliet Police Department Sergeant Marc Langlais, 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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