Cheers – Officer of the Year

On most days, Houma Police Officer Corey Duplantis and his canine partner, Falko, are busy trying to bust drug dealers and keep the community safe.

But earlier this month, Duplantis took time out from his regular duties to accept a high honor. Duplantis received the Louisiana Chiefs of Police’s 2018 Officer of the Year Award.

Congratulations to this exemplary officer, one who is praised by his police chief and now has accolades from the statewide organization.

“We saw the difference in the impact,” Duplantis said of his long-term drug investigations. “We were definitely more effective being able to focus on the long-term investigations and getting some of the bigger drug dealers off the streets. Prior to that, we were getting a lot of nickel-and-dime hustlers, as I call them, the lower drug dealers.

Duplantis and Falko do their best to keep Houma safe from the ravages of the drug trade. His awards – and this was just the latest – don’t repay that debt, but they are fitting tribute to a hard-working lawman.

 

Cheers – Fighting for a spot

If you tune in to watch the reality show “The Contender” on EPIX, you are likely to see a familiar face.

Morgan “The Big Chief” Fitch will be one of the 16 boxers who are trying to win the 12-episode series and get the significant monetary award that comes with the honor.

Fitch, a member of the United Houma Nation from Houma and Raceland, is 34 and boasts an 18-1-1 record.

Winning the show would be a great achievement in Fitch’s already-impressive career.

Try to watch the show and give a man with strong local ties the moral support that might launch him to victory.

Congratulations and good luck to this excellent fighter who has achieved so much.

 

Cheers – Major Leaguer

Justin Williams is a great baseball player.

A former standout with the Terrebonne High Tigers, Williams was drafted into professional baseball in 2013 and has steadily climbed the ranks, most recently playing with the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

That was until last week, when the Tampa Bay Rays called him up to the Major Leagues.

What an incredible achievement for a local player.

Although he was sent back to Triple-A following his Major League debut, Williams will be back at baseball’s highest level – and the smart money will be on sooner rather than later.

Congratulations to Williams and his many local fans. There will certainly be more of this excitement in the future.

 

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