Lufkin honors police chief that dedicated 40 years of service

Courtesy of Brazil Family
Courtesy of Brazil Family

By Christel Phillips - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - He has given 40 years of service to the City of Lufkin Police Department, now Chief Larry Brazil will be missed. The proof was at shown at Brazil's' retirement reception on Wednesday that many attended to wish him well.

City Manager, Paul Parker, noted in the ceremony, "I wish I could put in words what Larry has meant to this city. "

His career with the Lufkin Police Department started in 1968, quickly moving up in ranks, Brazil said he 's had the chance to see the city and the police department evolve.

Retired Chief Larry Brazil said,  "There was very much equipment for policeman to use those days, solving crimes you got out, talked to people try to put two and two together, and try to come up with four, now you've got DNA and forensics you can use. It's just like going to the dark ages to space ages," sitting in his half empty office.

Over the years, he has gained a lot of law enforcement experience that's why he doesn't mind sharing words of wisdom to fellow officers. Those words, he said, has helped him while serving on duty.

"You got to try and do your best and always remember who your boss is, and that's the citizens of Lufkin," said Brazil.

Friends, colleagues, and family describe him as a great leader, never saying much, but always earning the respect of those around him.

Lufkin's Mayor, Jack Gorden, has worked with Brazil closely; he remembers when he served as interim City Manager. Gorden said, "I've heard people say this, but this gentle giant thing, Larry doesn't say much but when he does, you know he knows what he's talking about and everybody listens."

Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson, who also has worked Larry Brazil agrees,  "He doesn't say a lot, but he does what he says what he means, and he's a man of his word.>

His passion for fighting crime has become a Brazil family tradition, three of his 4 sons serve as law enforcement troopers, right here in Lufkin, they say the lessons their father has taught them will leave a lifelong impression.

"Any law enforcement officer has to have a great deal of integrity and out father {Larry Brazil} passed that on to us, I believe. It's on weekly and daily basis that I call him on things that I do with my job, said his proud son, Trooper Travis Brazil.

So now that the Chief has reached retirement what's next...? "I have a lot of chores around my farm and when I get caught up on that then, I'm going go travel the U.S. and see things I've never seen before," said Brazil with a big smile.

But before he leaves he just wants everyone to know he is grateful. He says, "It's been good, thank you to the City of Lufkin, and the citizens of Lufkin for letting be the Chief of Police."

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