Hebert Foundation gives scholarships to local cadets

Hebert Foundation gives scholarships to local cadets

Four cadets training as first responders received recognition and tuition scholarships from the Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation for their education at the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Regional Police Academy.

Scholarships are awarded to qualified candidates seeking a career in law enforcement.

The Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, July 8, 2011.

“A ten-year veteran of the Beaumont Police Department, Bryan was passionate about his career,” said Beaumont Independent School District Police Chief Rob Flores during the scholarship presentation at the downtown police station Jan. 18. “He served in the patrol division, was a member of the hostage negotiation team, peer support team and was a certified instructor in crisis intervention training at the Lamar Institute of Technology Regional Police Academy.”

Detective Sgt. Bobby Anderson started the foundation with fellow officers who wanted to honor their fallen brother in blue. Anderson said the endeavor has been well worth the effort, and the foundation’s success has far exceeded his expectations.

“When we formed the foundation to keep Bryan’s memory alive, our goal was just to raise $3,500 a year and do one scholarship,” Anderson said at the scholarship ceremony. “That was going to be our goal. Since then, I believe we’ve raised well over $100,000, probably over the last four-and-a-half to five years. As of today, we’ll have given 18 scholarships and funded nine Eagle Scout projects.”

The Eagle Scout projects are all built in honor of fallen officers, Anderson explained.

Bryan’s sister Holly Hebert remembered her brother to the cadets.

“I would like to tell you a little bit about Bryan,” she began. “Bryan was not only my brother; he was my best friend. Bryan was a practical joker who had a great sense of humor. … Bryan was a great person and a great officer. He had a heart of gold and was passionate about helping others.

“Bryan knew the importance of education, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and he enjoyed helping teach at the academy at LIT. This is part of what makes these scholarships even more meaningful to my family and me because we feel he still has a part in helping others.”

Hebert then read a quote from Minor Myers Jr., 17th president of Wesleyan University, student of political philosophy and passionate advocate for the liberal arts, encouraging the cadets to live up to her brother’s memory: “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

Cadets Brittany M. Haley, Timothy R. Isenblitter, Kiara R. Thomas and Trevor L. Singleton received scholarships to the LIT Regional Police Academy from the foundation. Each thanked the Hebert family and the foundation for the generous awards.

“It’s a tragedy what happened to Officer Hebert, but it’s amazing how such a tragedy can bring the whole community together and create such a positive program,” Isenblitter said. “Thank you.”

“I can’t imagine what you all went through,” Thomas told the Heberts upon accepting her scholarship. “I can tell that Officer Hebert was really respected and loved by the community and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement. … I just hope to bring honor to the badge and be as good of an officer as he was.”