Garafola Was A Man Who Put Others Before Self
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy killed six days earlier was remembered as a man who ran to help another officer when he could have stayed safe in the convenience store where he was working off-duty.
All 1,500 seats were filled in the Baptist church where a public funeral was held Saturday for Deputy Brad Garafola. The walls were lined with additional mourners, many of them police who had come from across the country.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said strength and courage seem to have defined Garafola's life and death.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux (gOH-troh) called him courageous, compassionate, brave and benevolent.
His brother-in-law, Jaye Cooper, said people called Garafola the neighborhood husband because he cut grass, caught snakes and did other chores around the neighborhood.
He said Garafola died "doing what Brad had always done — trying to help someone else."