Episode No. 5 Dee Serpas and Brian
Date: January 16, 2008
Notes: An interview with retired police
officer Dee Dee Serpas, the author of Behind the Badge in Atchafalaya Swamp. During the second half-hour we will be joined
by Bryan Heger, retired Sergeant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department; and, the author of Me and the Boy's: A Man's
Guide to Single Parenthood.
Following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, Sheriff Paul Berthelot, Sheriff
of St. John the Baptist Parish, and that of her father, who was president of FOP Lodge 2 in the late 1950s, Dee Dee Serpas
became a Police Officer. First with the East Jefferson Levee Board Police, she also joined the Kenner Police Department and
was the only female to graduate from the academy that year. Later, she joined the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
as a street cop. This makes her the only known female in Louisiana to have held three commissions by the age of 21.
Dee Dee Serpas is the author of Behind the Badge in Atchafalaya Swamp.
According to Dee Dee Serpas,
in Behind the Badge, “names, places and incidents have been changed to protect the innocent
and the guilty.” The small Parish of Atchafalaya is nestled in the bayous and swamps of Louisiana.
Here, Behind the Behind, five children are orphaned by Hurricane Dakota in 1962. It’s a story of twins that follow
their family's footsteps into law enforcement; Childhood sweethearts that are partners on the force and fall in love; and,
being torn apart by a line-of-duty death.