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La. officers pay a red and blue tribute to fallen Texas deputy, others

St. Tammany Sheriff's deputies take part in silent tribute to fallen officers (John Snell) St. Tammany Sheriff's deputies take part in silent tribute to fallen officers (John Snell)
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) -

A few hundred police officers and supporters paid tribute in Covington Friday to a fallen Texas deputy and other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, observing a moment of silence along a busy stretch of Louisiana highway.

Deputies, officers and chiefs came from as far away as Grand Isle for a one minute tribute at precisely 11 a.m.

The officers stood near police motorcycles and squad cars along Hwy. 190, their lights flashing blue and red, as they saluted in unison. 

Other tributes were staged around the area, including one in Slidell. 

"Everybody wants to show support because all around the nation policemen, they feel like they're getting targeted," said Lt. Mike Ferrell of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office. 

Supporters lined both sides of the highway, including Randy Ponthieux, who carried a large American flag.

"Everyone of these officers here, they put their lives on the line for us everyday," Ponthieux said.

The idea for the tribute was inspired by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, who called on every officer in Texas to take part in a similar tribute for Goforth.

The Harris County, TX. deputy died August 28 when a gunman approached him at a gas station and shot him from behind.

Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz said he discussed the idea with some of his officers over breakfast Thursday morning.

"I said, 'that's a great idea. let's do it here locally' and contacted Sheriff (Jack) Strain and some of our other partners and next thing you know, it's history," Lentz said.

Patrol cars lined the media as motorists drove by, honking horns and shouting support.  

"When you have complete strangers honking, thumbs up, screaming, that's something that really moves these law enforcement professionals," Strain said.

Eight members of law enforcement have been killed while on duty in Louisiana in 2015.

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