Slidell officer who died on his way home from bachelor party laid to rest


DEPUTY JONATHAN PANKS. PANKS WAS KILLED IN A TRAFFIC
ACCIDENT EARLIER THIS MONTH IN
MISSISSIPPI. AND AS HEATH ALLEN TELLS US,
EVERYONE LOST A MEMBER OF THE
FAMILY, {PKG}.>>FRIENDS, FAMILY, BASICALLY
THE ENTIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT
COMMUNITY ALL GATHERING HERE IN
SLIDELL AT THE HARBOR CENTER TO
SAY GOOD BYE, PAY THEIR RESPECTS
TO CORPORAL JONATHAN PANKS OF THE ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF’S
OFFICE. TO A PERSON, THEY WILL TELL YOU,
HE’S ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS
>>LIKE LOSING A FAMILY MEMBER. HE WAS THAT DEDICATED, NOT ONLY
TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE MEMBERS
OF THE COMMUNITY, BUT WORK WITH
THE OTHER DEPUTIES HERE IN THIS
DEPARTMENT
HEATH: THE ROAD TO THE NORTH SHORE HARBOR CENTER, LINED WITH
FLAGS, ONE OF THEM, THE LAW
ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL FLAG, FOR
ONE OF THEIR OWN, LOST. JONATHAN PANKS HAD JUST BEEN
PROMOTED TO CORPORAL WITH THE
ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF’S
OFFICE, A VETERAN OF 13 YEAR
HE WAS SET TO GET MARRIED IN
NOVEMBER. IN FACT, HE WAS ON HIS WAY BACK FROM A A BACHELOR’S
PARTY IN FLORIDA, WHEN A CAR
CROSSED THE MEDIAN AND SLAMMED
HEAD-ON INTO HIS. NOW, FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHERED
TO SAY GOODBYE THE HARBOR CENTER
, OVERFLOWING WITH THOSE COMING
TO PAY RESPECTS, THE PROCESSION
PREPARED TO TAKE HIM HOME. PANKS WAS CALLED A GO-GETTER,
HE’D WORKED CORRECTIONS,
CRIMINAL PATROL, THE MARINE
DIVISION AND SWAT. CAPTAIN MIKE FERRELL, HIS FIRST
SWAT COMMANDER.>>BACK WHEN JONATHAN WAS A VERY
YOUNG DEPUTY, WE SAW A LOT OF
POTENTIAL IN HIM. WE LOVED HIM. BACK THEN EVEN I WISH I HAD TEN
OF HIM. HE WAS JUST SUCH A GREAT GUY.>>IT’S SAD. IT IS HARD TO KEEP THESE GUYS
MOTIVATED AND UPLIFTED TO
CONTINUE TO DO THE JOB THAT HE
DID AND WOULD WANT US TOPCONTINU
CITIZENS OF THIS PARISH. — CONTINUE TO DO FOR THE
CITIZENS OF THIS PARISH.

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