Crouch was lifelong police officer
Chief Travis A. Crouch, 46, a Morgan City native and lifelong police officer, rose to the rank of chief at his hometown department in February 2013.
He started his career at the age of 14, volunteering as a part of the now-discontinued Junior Deputy Program with the sheriff’s office.
After graduating from Morgan City High School, he was hired by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, working as a dispatcher, jailor and road patrol officer.
In 1991, Crouch started work with the Morgan City Police Department as a patrol officer.
During his tenure at the department, he served in many capacities. On Feb. 26, 2013, Crouch was appointed to be the police chief. He served in that capacity for 11 months before his death Jan. 31 in Biloxi, Miss. The required probationary period would have ended at the one-year mark.
He was a member of the Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department, Board of Municipal Police Employees Retirement System, the Louisiana Chiefs of Police Association, the Southeast Chiefs of Police Association and the Morgan City Police Benevolent Association.
He was a former member of the Morgan City Biddy Basketball Board, Atchafalaya Football League and the Morgan City Baseball Board.
Visitation is to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium ballroom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City. He will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery.
The family is in the process of setting up an organization in honor of the chief to help young people interested in law enforcement. This organization will be announced at a later date, at which time any donations may be made in lieu of flowers.