BJ 11-10

Flags at Half Staff

WHEREAS,    Louisiana Department of Insurance Fraud Section Investigators Kim Sledge and Rhett Jeansonne, both residents of Denham Springs, Louisiana, tragically lost their lives in the line of duty on June 7, 2011; and
WHEREAS,    Investigator Kim Sledge began her LDI career in October of 2000, first with the Health Division and subsequently with the Fraud Section. She is survived by her husband JC, daughter Brittany, and her young step children Avery and Jacob. In addition, Kim will be missed by her mother and sisters, and her many friends. She is remembered by her friends and colleagues as a “true country girl” with a love of being outdoors, working in her yard, and caring for her animals; and
WHEREAS,    Investigator Rhett Jeansonne began his LDI career in November 2006 as an Investigator. He is survived by his wife Bernadette and their seven year old daughter Sharon, along with his three sons, Kristopher, Kale, and Konner and a grandson, born on May 18th. His many achievements include: National EMS certification, Firefighter and Emergency Responder certification and EMT certification. He served as a volunteer firefighter in Denham Springs. He worked for the State Fire Marshall’s office prior to joining the LDI staff. He was also a CPR instructor who trained some of the LDI staff, safety warden, and POD volunteer for the Department; and
WHEREAS,    Investigators Kim Sledge and Rhett Jeansonne’s dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice make it appropriate and fitting for the State of Louisiana to remember them and their families, to mark their passing, and to honor their memory;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1:   As an expression of respect for Investigators Kim Sledge and Rhett Jeansonne, effective immediately, the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half staff over the State Capitol and all public building and institutions of the State of Louisiana until sunset on Friday, June 10, 2011.
SECTION 2:   This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until sunset, Friday, June 10, 2011, unless amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded prior to that date.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 9th day of June, 2011.

Bobby Jindal

Tom Schedler
Secretary of State