On February 26, 2018, three DeSoto Parish Parish Office employees were recognized at the 2019 "Salute The Badge" Awards Banquet at Sam's Town Casino. This is the third annual banquet held with over 600 in attendance and 43 honorees recognized from across the Ark-La-Tex. KTAL News 6 has chosen to host these events to highlight and reward first responders for their dedication and heroic efforts both on and off the job. Recognition and awards were presented to Sheriff Jayson Richardson for outstanding years of service in DeSoto Parish, Lt. Dean Register for his 20+ years of service in the D.A.R.E program, and Deputy Chris Davis for his participation in the "Be The Match" program in which he answered the call to donate Peripheral Blood Stem Cells to a patient in need. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office would like to thank Mark McKay with Channel 6 News, Good Neighbor Chevy Dealership, and the many other sponsors who invest time and money to recognize local law enforcement and first responders from across our area.