State, Parish Dedicate Highway After Local Fallen Soldier

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Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez grew up in Mansfield loving his country. He entered the military after high school and served for 10 years. He was killed during his final deployment at age 28. Five years later, DeSoto Parish Police Jury and the State of Louisiana have come together to keep his memory alive by dedicating a portion of Highway 175 in his honor.

“Richard, he was an amazing kid,” said Vazquez’s mother, Teresa Melton. “He always wanted to join the army, and right after high school, he was wanting to be the best of the best.”


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