Wednesday, 06 July 2011 15:28

Insurer Group Donate $10K to Memorial Fund for Slain LA Investigators

The nation’s largest association of insurer fraud investigators has contributed $10,000 to a memorial fund honoring two Louisiana investigators who were killed in the line of duty on June 7, according to Insurance Journal.

The board of directors of the International Association of Special Investigation Units authorized the donation to the fund created by the Louisiana Insurance Department in the wake of the murders of Rhett Jeansonne and Kim Sledge last month.

The insurance department investigators were shot by an agent they were seeking to interview in Ville Platte, La.

“They were members of IASIU and dedicated professionals. IASIU appreciates the support of the Louisiana insurance department over the years. The senseless murder of our fellow IASIU members is unimaginable,” IASIU president Dave Rioux, of Erie Insurance, wrote to Louisiana Commissioner Jim Donelon on behalf of the IASIU members.

The fund will be used to purchase and place a permanent memorial on the insurance department’s grounds in Baton Rouge. Any remaining money will go to the estates of Jeansonne and Sledge.

“Kim and Rhett were true Louisiana heroes who lost their lives protecting our citizens and we hope to memorialize their efforts in an appropriate manner. Know that the outpouring of support from our colleagues has been invaluable,” Donelon said to Insurance Journal.

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