For the second time in less than two years, Cpl. Michael Fremin of the Thibodaux Police Department has been called to active duty by the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Cpl. Fremin serves as an Aid Technician on the Aids To Navigation Team in New Orleans, LA. The first time Cpl. Fremin was mobilized was immediately after 9-11 when our country was attacked and he spent five months on active duty in the Grand Isle and New Orleans Coast Guard bases. Now, he is one of only six Reserve Guard members from the New Orleans area leaving for overseas duty.
Cpl. Fremin has served three years in the US Army, nine years with the US Army National Guard where he became a Desert Storm Veteran, and three years with the US Coast Guard Reserve. Cpl. Fremin is a seven-year veteran of the Thibodaux Police Department where he has gained the position of Assistant Shift Commander, Field Training Officer, and an instructor in Standardized Filed Sobriety Testing.
He will now leave for Port Author, TX for two additional weeks of training before leaving for Saudi Arabia where he could be stationed for up to one year. Cpl. Fremin will help provide port security for military ships at the port by patrolling in a small gunboat.
Assistant Chief of Police Jerry Wyeth stated, “ I am very proud of Mike and I know that he is going to serve his country well-again.”
Chief of Police, Craig Melancon, said “we are loosing a great asset to the city, but it will only be the US Military's gain in getting Mike and his service.” The chief went on to say that our prayers are with Mike and his family on this dangerous journey.
Cpl. Fremin stated that he is looking forward to the challenge, but the most difficult part of this is that he will miss his six year daughter, Makayla, dearly and that it will be even harder to miss her birthday in May when she reaches her seventh birthday.
On a personal note, as we were saying goodbye this morning, Cpl. Fremin turned to me and said, “make sure ya’ll are careful out there.” How is that for irony, Cpl. Fremin is going to a region of the world that has the potential for becoming a war zone and all he can think about is the people he works with. That’s a police officer for you- that’s Mike.