Mason Benoit was born on July 21, 1990 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Randal and Phyllis Benoit. His parents both come Cajun families, and he was raised to speak Cajun French before English. His father worked as a process operator in the oil and gas industry while his mother was an elementary school teacher. Mason’s younger sister, Sadie, was born three years after him, and the two are very close. Since he was a kid, Mason was raised to be a hardworking man. He was an exceptional student, but he never took his gifts for granted. He was also a gifted athlete and played high school football and basketball. His father’s brother was a sergeant in the Louisiana State Police, and Mason always looked up to him as a role model. He knew from a young age that he wanted a career in law enforcement, but his parents were adamant that he obtain a college degree first. Mason also had a love of the outdoors, and spent much of his youth hunting and fishing with his dad. He decided to major in Natural Resource Ecology & Management with a concentration in Forest Resource Management when he attended Louisiana State University in his native Baton Rouge. Prior to graduating, it came time to select a career choice. Mason decided to apply to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office of Law Enforcement since he felt he could achieve his dream of being in law enforcement while enjoying the great outdoors he was so fond of.
After graduation, he was accepted into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and attended the new agent training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. He passed his training near the top of his class, and his first assignment was to Region 6 out of the Wyoming Field Office in Cheyenne. After four years as a Federal Wildlife Officer in Cheyenne, he was transferred to Region 7 in Anchorage, Alaska where he served for another four years. While he enjoyed being a Wildlife Officer, he felt that his career aspirations would not be promising if he stayed with the Fish and Wildlife service. Having worked with members of the Coast Guard Investigative Service in Alaska, he decided to apply for a Special Agent position in the CGIS office in New Orleans.
After passing his probationary period with the CGIS, he distinguished himself in the New Orleans office of CGIS as a thorough case worker. After four years at the New Orleans Field Office, he transferred to the Chesapeake-Capital Region Field Office in Virginia. With an exemplary case record, he was recommended to join the Major Crimes Unit in East Portsmouth.
Mason Wayne Benoit
- Age: 33
- Height 6’2″
- Weight: 205
Father: Randall Carter Benoit – Process Operator at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge Refinery
Mother: Phyllis Anne Benoit (nee Peveto) – Second Grade Teacher for East Baton Rouge Parish Public School District
Sister: Dr. Sadie Michelle Kirkwood (nee Benoit) – Resident Orthopedic Surgeon at United Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX
Brother-in-Law: Daniel Gregory Kirkwood – Construction Manager, Commercial Division, Vaughn Construction in Houston, TX
Paternal Uncle: Sergeant Jefferson Benoit, Louisiana State Police (Ret.)
Personality & Skills
Mason is friendly and courteous. He is highly dependable and a tireless worker. He strives to go above and beyond in his work, and he is a dedicated case man. He has a naturally ability to put people at ease when conversing. Coming from a Cajun family, he has a recognizable accent. He also speaks Cajun French and knows a little Spanish.
Hobbies and interests
Growing up in Louisiana gave Mason a passion for both hunting and fishing. He spends his vacation time either offshore fishing or hiking through the woods. He also enjoys reading a good western every now and then.
August 2008 – May 2012: Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Ecology & Management (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 2012 – October 2012: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Officer Recruit, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Glynco, GA)
October 2012 – December 2015: USFWS Wildlife Officer, Region 6 Mountain-Prairie Field Office (Cheyenne, WY)
December 2015 – November 2019: USFWS Wildlife Officer, Region 7 Alaska Field Office (Anchorage, AK)
December 2019: Lateral Transfer to Coast Guard Investigative Service
December 2019 – December 2020: CGIS Probationary Special Agent, Gulf Region New Orleans Field Office (New Orleans, LA)
December 2020 – July 2023: CGIS Special Agent, Gulf Region New Orleans Field Office (New Orleans, LA)
August 2023: Assigned Chesapeake-Capital Region Office (Chesapeake, VA)
August 2023 – May 2024: CGIS Special Agent, Chesapeake-Capital Region Office (Chesapeake, VA)
May 2024 – Present: Assigned Major Crimes Unit, Atlantic Area Headquarters (East Portsmouth, VA)