DENHAM SPRINGS -- Memories of the horrific shooting of six law enforcement officers — including three who lost their lives — at a Baton Rouge convenience store remain fresh in the minds of residents throughout south Louisiana.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head and shoulder, has fought a battle for recovery that has now stretched more than 1,000 days.
His efforts landed him the first-ever “Service Above Self” Award May 2 at the 46th Annual Reymond D’Armond Peace Officers Luncheon presented by the Denham Springs Kiwanis Club at Forest Grove Plantation.
HOUSTON – Nick Tullier has spent the last 2 ½ years defying the odds.
Tullier, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy, was critically wounded in an ambush shooting July 17, 2016, outside the B-Quik Convenience Store in Baton Rouge. Fellow deputy Brad Garafola, along with Baton Rouge city police officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson, died from the wounds they suffered in the attack.
“That was a very dark day, especially for those of us in Livingston Parish,” said Michael Juneau, a former Denham Springs Kiwanis Club president who serves as chairman for the annual peace officer event.
Tullier suffered gunshot wounds to the left side of his head, his shoulder and abdomen. He has been in and out of rehabs and hospitals since the attack.
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On the day of the attack, Tullier had received a call of “Officer down … officer down” as he ate breakfast at nearby Frank’s Restaurant on Airline Highway,
“Without second thought, he hurried to the scene,” James Tullier recalled in a video message presented at the event. “I apologize for not being with you in person today to accept the award, but our situation doesn’t allow it.”
He also alluded to how his son would react had he accepted the award.
“Nick would have accepted the award for all the brave men and women of law enforcement,” James Tullier said. “Nick would’ve been bashful about accepting this award and would’ve said it was the norm of what was expected of him and his fellow officers.”
Trenton Tullier, the oldest son of Nick Tullier, accepted the award on behalf of his father. Nick’s younger son Gabe is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps.
“It means a lot that everyone still supports my father and remembers the sacrifice he made,” Trenton Tullier said.