Local deputy pays respect to fallen NYC officers
BATON ROUGE - A local deputy for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office has traveled back and forth to New York to show his respect to those killed in the line of duty.
Cpl. Benjamin Teekell went to New York twice in the last five months to pay his respect to fallen law enforcement. He's been to more than a half a dozen funerals and wakes for officers who were killed.
"I made a point to myself that I wanted to let these guys know that they weren't alone," said Cpl. Teekall.
Cpl. Teekell tell News 2's the first time he made his way to New York was back in December to pay his respects to New York Detective Rafael Ramos at his wake. Ramos was killed following Eric Garner's death, however, Teekall never thought he'd be back in the big apple on Thursday.
"If that was me in that coffin, I would want my family to know that I was loved, that other people were standing by me, that my agency was being supported and that I wasn't alone and that's really the motivation why I went," said Cpl. Teekell.
And then last week, Teekell was back in New York to honor officer Brian Moore who died after being shot in the face.
"Moore lost his life, but it was rarely how he lived that made him hero," said Cpl. Teekell.
The double murder of two officers in Hattisburg, Miss. on Mother's Day weekend also had an impact on the deputy.
"I just shook my head like not again not another funeral," said Cpl. Teekell. "Because you get tired of going to them, so you know it just breaks your heart at the end of the day."
Teekell says he doesn't plan to miss that funeral either.