Memorials

Since our organization was founded in 1988, we've lost several first responders in the line of duty. The brave men and women who wear the badge go to work each day prepared to pay the cost to keep the law and order of Southeast Texas. The following men and women paid the ultimate cost for the safety of our community and for that, deserve the highest form of honor we can bestow... to never forget.

Bryan Mitchell Hebert

Police Officer - Beaumont Police Department, Texas

 

Police Officer Bryan Hebert was killed when his patrol car was intentionally struck by the driver of another vehicle during a pursuit.Other officers had initiated the pursuit of a man wanted for assaulting his mother and grandmother. Officer Hebert had stopped his patrol car at the intersection of Dowlen Road and Ivanhoe Lane and was removing a reflective vest and stop sticks from his trunk when the suspect veered from the travel lane and struck his patrol car head-on. The collision knocked the patrol car into Officer Hebert, who was still standing behind it.

Officer Hebert was transported to Christus St Elizabeth Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle is facing capital murder charges in connection with Officer Hebert's death.

Officer Hebert had served with the Beaumont Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and grandparents.

Lisa Beaulieu

Police Officer - Beaumont Police Department

 

Officer Lisa Beaulieu was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating an earlier accident on the Eastex Freeway shortly before 1:00 am. Another vehicle had stopped behind Officer Beaulieu's patrol car, which was positioned in the right travel lane. She approached the vehicle from the passenger side to speak to the occupants. As she was speaking with the occupants, a drunken driver drove up to the scene and swerved onto the shoulder, drove in between the vehicle and guardrail, and struck her. Officer Beaulieu was thrown over the wall of the overpass and landed on the service road below. The drunk driver was taken into custody at the scene and subsequently charged with intoxication manslaughter. He was convicted of the charges and sentenced to 11 years in prison.Officer Beaulieu had served as a police officer with the agency for 6 years and had previously served as a dispatcher for 4 years. She is survived by her parents, brother, and sister.

James Michael “Mike” Lane

Sergeant - Beaumont Police Department, Texas

 

Sergeant Lane was killed when the department helicopter he was riding in crashed. Sergeant Lane and a deputy from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were investigating reports of a fire. At approximately 2230 hours, the helicopter crashed into Sabine Lake. Sergeant Lane was killed in the crash. The deputy survived the crash and was able to swim to safety.Sergeant Lane had served with the Beaumont Police Department for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, son, parents, and two sisters.

Wesley Warren Wagstaff

Game Warden - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division

 

Game Warden Wesley Wagstaff was killed in an automobile accident on Farm Road 1293 in Hardin County, Texas, while responding to reports of a man hunting deer out of season. Warden Wagstaff's patrol pickup collided with another vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed in the accident.Game Warden Wagstaff had been employed with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 10 years, and is survived by his wife, son, and parents.

Conrad Sudario Gernale

Officer - Beaumont Police Department

 

Officer Conrad Gernale was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a suspect fleeing a domestic assault.

The suspect had followed his wife to her father's home and assaulted the father. When officers arrived, the suspect fled and struck Officer Gernale as Officer Gernale walked along a road to an ambulance that was treating one of the victims. The man then struck an ambulance, injuring the three medics inside, before being taken into custody.

The suspect was charged with capital murder, along with other charges stemming from the domestic incident.

On September 12, 2003, the suspect was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2033.

Officer Gernale had been employed with the Beaumont Police Department for 12 years, and is survived by his wife, three young children, parents, and siblings.

Michael Charles Pauling

Game Warden - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

 

Warden Michael Pauling was killed after being dragged alongside a vehicle which sped away as he was talking to the driver.

He had stopped to investigate a couple who were involved in a disturbance in a vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 74 near Port Arthur, Texas at approximately 0030 hours. Warden Pauling had the female participant wait in his department pickup truck while he returned to the vehicle to check on the welfare of the woman's children. The male suddenly sped away, dragging Warden Pauling alongside the vehicle.

The female participant, driving Warden Pauling's vehicle, then began following the car dragging him. When Warden Pauling fell from the vehicle he was struck by the female participant, who had called 911 on her cell phone reporting the incident. The male suspect turned himself in and was charged with capital murder.

On September 20, 2002, the suspect was sentenced to 55 years and fined $10,000 for Warden Pauling's murder.

Warden Pauling was a U.S. Army veteran and had been with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for five years.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, and parents.

Paul Douglas Hulsey, Jr.

Officer - Beaumont Police Department

 

Officer Hulsey was shot and killed while investigating a vehicle with stolen plates. He had spotted the vehicle in a hotel parking lot and learned that it was stolen after running its tags. He requested backup after learning which room the suspect was in from the hotel manager. His backup officer was sent to another call involving a pedestrian fatality, so Officer Hulsey approached the suspect as he came out of his room.A violent struggle ensued and the suspect was able to retrieve a gun from the room and fatally shoot Officer Hulsey. Officer Hulsey had no idea that the suspect was wanted in Florida for killing a 14-year-old girl and in Indiana for killing a 16-year-old girl and robbing a bank. The suspect was later apprehended and subsequently sentenced to death and executed on December 9, 1997.

Officer Hulsey had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.