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August 27, 2013

Street dedication honors fallen BPD Officer Bryan Hebert

GROVES — Mayda Depwe and Cyndi Hebert stood side by side chatting, the early morning sun beaming down on them.

Nearby, two police cars, one from Groves and the other from Beaumont sat parked at an angle on the cul-de-sac on Bryan Hebert Lane in the new K.L. Butler Addition in Groves on Tuesday.

The reason for the women to be in that spot near the corner of Joplin and Bryan Hebert Lane — the dedication of the new road — was bittersweet for both women.

For Hebert, mother of fallen Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Hebert and an employee with the City of Groves, the naming of the street in her son’s name is an honor.

“It is awesome but bittersweet,” Hebert said after a brief ceremony. “They are honoring Bryan, but I’d much rather have him here. This is a remarkable way for his memory to live on forever.”

Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, 36, was killed while assisting with a police chase July 8, 2011. He was a 10-year veteran of the police department.

Depwe is the wife of Raymond Depwe, the developer who is responsible for the new addition in the city as well as naming the street in Hebert’s honor. Depwe did not get to see the dedication, he died Wednesday after battling Parkinson’s disease.

“Ray was very enthusiastic about this particular project and he was so glad on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21,” Mayda Depwe said. “He was talking about the dedication ceremony and I assured him he would be able to be here.”

Beaumont Police Chief James Singletary and fellow officers,  Groves Police City Marshal Jeff Wilmore and Groves officers and representatives of Nederland Police Department were in attendance at the ceremony.

Looking across the new subdivision where homes will soon be built BPD Sgt. Rob Flores spoke of how a young Hebert might have spent his last weekend before school started. Flores imagined Hebert and friends sitting in a ditch laughing about their adventures and plotting those yet to be, then running home when the streetlights came on or when one of their mothers would call.

“Bryan was a fine officer and he was very proud of his chosen profession. However, the thing that most defined Bryan was the love he had for his family and friends,” Flores said. “Bryan believed in the importance of family and his family gave him a foundation of love that enabled him to touch the lives of so many. That’s why the dedication of this street in this new development is such a fitting memorial. I can think of nothing more appropriate to celebrate Bryan’s life and honor his sacrifice, than providing a place for families to flourish.”

Flores envisioned a time in the not so distant future where young boys will play on the street well into the evening, “and end their day laughing about their adventures and plotting many more.”

“They will never know the namesake of the street they live on but I know the Hebert family and all his friends will find comfort in the possibilities of that scene,” he said. “Moreover, I know that Bryan will be looking down and flashing his sly grin as well.”

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