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Dozens of law enforcement agencies from around the state poured into St. John Parish Thursday to show and bring support for the Sheriff's Office, that lost two deputies to gunfire.

Many of the SWAT teams and K-9 units assisting were from the Northshore.

'We do stand as one. When one has a need, we all are there to help,' said St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith says he didn't hesitate to send help because he knows it would be sent to him if Slidell needed it.

Smith said, 'Law enforcement is a huge family in this area and throughout the country and whenever there's a tragedy going down, no matter what it is, we work together, we pull resources, combine them and do whatever it takes.'

Strain knows from experience that the overwhelming support needs to continue past today.

He said, 'In the coming days, the sheriff will need additional help as the services for his fallen begin to occur. Many of his deputies will want to attend these services and, quite honestly, will need some time off.'

Strain was one of several sheriff's backing up St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre at a Thursday afternoon press conference. Tregre has only been the parish law enforcement leader for 45 days.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office also sent SWAT members and K-9 teams. Mandeville Police sent patrol officers to assist with traffic.

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