NOPD officer collapses, dies while working on Bourbon Street
NEW ORLEANS (WWLTV) - A New Orleans Police officer died while working overnight on Bourbon Street, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Officer Bryan Bordes, 43, was working on Bourbon Street when he became ill, police said. Bordes collapsed and died on his way to get treatment.
"He complained to his partner that he had begun to feel ill," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "He noticed he was having some stomach aches, and very suddenly became very ill. Before we could even get him to medical attention which he requested, he collapsed on Bourbon Street."
According to Bordes' partner, it appeared the officer suffered a seizure, said Harrison.
"When EMS got there, which was within a couple of minutes, and brought him to an ambulance, he actually expired before he made it to the hospital," Harrison said.
The police chief added that doctors worked on Officer Bordes for 45 minutes.
Bordes joined the NOPD in August of 1997 and had worked in the 8th District since February 2006.
"Officer Bordes died this morning doing what he loved doing, and that's serving the citizens of New Orleans,'' Harrison said.
Harrision added that when he spoke with Ofc. Bordes' family, they did not speak of any medical conditions he could have had.
The exact cause of death is unknown, and the Orleans Parish coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the final cause.
Though his death appears to be of natural causes, it follows on the heels of other recent officer deaths in the line of duty.
NOPD Officer Natasha Hunter died June 8 from injuries suffered after being struck inside of a police vehicle when it was struck by a car, believed to have been driven by a drunk driver.
The death also comes nearly a year after the shooting death of NOPD Officer Daryle Holloway, who was shot and killed allegedly by a suspect he was transporting.
Just a week ago, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy David F. Michel, Jr. was shot and killed while attempting to stop a suspect in Harvey.