Thousands gather to say final farewell for deputy
NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of friends and family members, including law enforcement from as far away as Chicago, crowded Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home to give a final farewell to Deputy Brandon Nielsen.
"They woke up one morning to go to work to protect us, all of us in the community and now you'll never see them again, this is the last time you can let them know that you cared about them, you loved them and what they did for you really meant something," said Cherie Frazier, who knew Nielsen.
Nielsen and fellow deputy Jeremy Triche were killed last week while investigating the shooting of another deputy.
Nielsen's cousin, Thom Cameron, drove from Los Angeles for the funeral. He said his cousin was destined for law enforcement.
"There was a show called CHIPS and the two main characters were Ponch and John, and we used to ride our bikes around the neighborhood and do power-slides and act like we were chasing bad guys," said Cameron.
Now the man, who was known for his skills on a motorcycle, will be remembered for his last act of heroism.