Community remembers Crouch at visitation


Hundreds of people including law enforcement officers from across the parish showed up to pay their last respects to Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch during visitation services this morning at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
Crouch, 46, was found dead Friday night in a hotel room at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., with an apparent single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. On Monday, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove ruled the death a suicide.
Crouch was appointed Morgan City police chief on Feb. 26, 2013, and had worked for the Morgan City Police Department since 1991.
John Sanford of Morgan City grew up with Crouch and was a close friend. Crouch gave Sanford a cross about seven months ago while Sanford was in a treatment facility. Sanford held the cross in his hand during today’s visitation. “We played high school football together, and he was just a heck of a guy,” Sanford said. Crouch was a “true, loyal trustworthy friend,” Sanford said. Crouch always tried to help anybody, Sanford recalled.
Jodi Adams of Morgan City, John Sanford’s sister, said Crouch was a “dear friend of our whole family, but especially my brother, John. He was his best friend.”
Adams knew Crouch through her brother. “He’s helped John out through all the years in our family,” Adams said. Crouch had been texting Adams last week to check on her mother who was in the hospital.
James Mink of Morgan City had known Crouch for years and served on the “Biddy Basketball” and baseball board with Crouch. “He was a good man. This is a tragedy for Morgan City and his family,” Mink said. “He fought for what he believed in.”
When Crouch became police chief, “a lot of bad people started getting taken off the streets,” Mink said. “Just having everything reported in the paper like it was … to me it made Morgan City safer when he got into office.”
Morgan City Police Detective Blaze Bourg said Crouch was a good friend and a great chief. “He had the department going in a new direction, a positive direction. He had the morale up. Everybody respected him. Everybody loved him,” Bourg said.

Funeral procession route
The route for the funeral procession of Chief Travis Crouch will be:
—From the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium on Myrtle Street to La. 182, left on Federal Avenue to Union Street and then to Sacred Heart Church.
—When heading to the Morgan City Cemetery, the route will be reversed, ending with a right turn at Myrtle Street to the cemetery.
Visitation will be held today in the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium ballroom beginning at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City.

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