Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
Chad Stokes, an investigator for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, was honored for his selfless service to the community Tuesday (March 19) with a prestigious Heart of Law Enforcement Award from the advocacy group Beyond The Badge.
Stokes received the award at a luncheon in Baton Rouge, with Cannizzaro and a handful of investigator colleagues and supervisors in attendance. The award was presented to Stokes by Lt. Governor William “Billy” Nungesser.
Stokes was honored for taking quick action to help restore Christmas cheer to a New Orleans family in December 2017.
Stokes saw a television news report about a family whose Christmas lights and decorations had been stolen from the front yard of their Upper 9th Ward home on Alvar Street. The story disturbed Stokes enough that he recruited three co-workers to help him purchase new lights and decorations and deliver them to the surprised and grateful
family before 9 a.m. the next morning.
“They were shocked and happy when we showed up,” colleague Corey Porter said on Dec. 14, 2017. “They were just very excited that somebody took the time out to do something like that for them.”
Stokes was nominated for the Heart of Law Enforcement award by Gerald Young, deputy chief of investigations for Cannizzaro’s office.
“We are all extremely proud of Chad,” Cannizzaro said. “We work in a difficult business and many people often form preconceived, unflattering notions about law enforcement personnel. But we do our jobs on behalf of public safety and for the well-being of the citizens we serve.
“Chad’s quick actions on behalf of a family he’d never met demonstrate the great compassion and humanity of those in our office. He deserves this unexpected award, our thanks, and great credit for setting a fine example for us all.”
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