Sergeant Shawn T. Anderson
Sergeant Shawn T. Anderson East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
End of Watch: March 18, 2017 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: James (Jeff) Flammer PO 2109 Retired Vincent O'Shaughnessy DET 179 Lloyd Harbor PD Retired Vinny shared the following with us about the deployment: This past Thursday, I had the honor to represent the Suffolk County Police Brotherhood of the fallen at the Funeral for East Baton Rouge Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Shawn T. Anderson. The previous Saturday, March 18, 2017 at approximately 2300 hours, D/S Sgt. Anderson responded to a rape call and while attempting to interview a suspect, a struggle ensued and D/S Sgt. Anderson was fatally shot. The suspect was wounded and died from those wounds several days later. Upon arrival Wednesday evening, I had met up with retired SCPD PO Jeff Flammer, who drove 7 hours from his home in Florida to represent. Jeff has been retired for my entire 33 year Police career, yet he still answers the call. We met up with the NYPD, Aurora, Chicago and Fort Worth Brotherhood of the Fallen Chapters for a bit, but opted for an early night. All the Brotherhood chapters met Thursday morning so we could go to the funeral as a group. LOD’s are done differently down south then at home. A wake/viewing was held from 9am-noon and a Funeral service at 12:30. All to take place, at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The Church is a 4,500-seat arena. During the viewing hours, all 5 Brotherhood Chapters made the check presentations to Lt. Mike Crawford of the EBRSO at the request of the family. He was very appreciative, and conveyed Becky Andersons thanks for our show of support and thanked us for travelling all the way there to honor her husband The funeral was a non-denominational service. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Shawn Anderson, a deputy of more than 17 years, was somebody who had a calling to serve. He also introduced a woman in attendance that had her son delivered on the side of the road by Sgt. Anderson just over a year ago. Further, Sheriff Gautreaux promoted Sgt. Anderson to LT and awarded him the Medal of Valor to be received by his daughter Delany and his son Breland. Immediately following the Sherriff, Shawn’s wife, Becky spoke. Such grace and eloquence in a time of suffering and sorrow. She allowed us all a glimpse of how her and her children’s lives will never be the same and finished with these words. "Just know there will never be a minute that goes by that I will not miss you or think about you, Delaney, Breland and I will take it from here, because, like we always said, Team Anderson forever." A long procession of motorcycles and marked vehicles led the casket throughout East Baton Rouge County and passed the different commands Lt Anderson had been assigned over the years, and then a graveside ceremony followed that was for the family only. All 5 brotherhood chapters met for dinner afterwards and some went to a Fellowship organized by EBRSO and the FOP, but do to early travel myself and Jeff never made it over. It was a great honor to represent the Brotherhood for a fallen hero and I can’t count the number of cops, different departments and civilians that went out of their way to thank us for coming down to pay our respects. It is a great thing this organization does and again I thank you for the opportunity to represent you all. Thank you Jeff and Vinny for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as members of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.