Louisiana trucker recognized for bravery

| 11/17/2006

A Louisiana trucker has been cited for bravery by the state police for helping a trooper who was being attacked at a truck stop.

Kirkman Daigle, a tanker truck driver from Eunice, LA, saw a man and woman fighting with a trooper in the parking lot of a truck stop in Sulphur, LA.

The two then ran and jumped into the cab of their truck with the trooper in pursuit.

When the officer opened the driver's side door and tried to get the keys, the two wrestled with him and tried to grab his pistol. That's when Daigle stepped in and pulled the woman off the trooper's back and helped subdue the man.

Daigle said for him, the decision to get involved - and possibly risk his life - was personal.

?"Well, I've got a brother that's a state trooper," Daigle said. "He wears that blue uniform every day, and I know these guys have a dangerous job already. If (my brother) got into that predicament, I wish somebody would do the same for him."

At a recent ceremony, state police presented him with their Exceptional Bravery for Civilians Award.

- By Reed Black, staff writer