Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the death of First Sergeant Casey J. Hart, assigned to Bravo Company 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade, Army National Guard, New Iberia, Louisiana. A veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department, he passed away while mobilized with the National Guard. 

“First Sergeant Casey J. Hart valiantly and proudly served the citizens of our state and nation, and we are deeply saddened to hear of his passing,” said Gov. Edwards. “A senior member of the 2nd Battalion, he grew as a strong leader over the past two decades. A true American hero, he selflessly served his community here and during his assignments abroad. Deeply committed to his family and unit, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Please join me and Donna in praying for his wife, daughter, family, colleagues and friends.”