Thousands to honor fallen officer in Denham Springs
DENHAM SPRINGS - Thousands are expected tomorrow in Denham Springs to recognize officer James Foster who died on duty in a motorcycle crash.
Line of duty deaths especially resonate with members of law enforcement. Saturday, brothers and sisters from across the country will ride in the procession and officers ask people be patient between 10 and 3 p.m. when they close off North Range, or "Highway 16" between Highway 190 and Cockerham.
"He was an outstanding person, human being, and an exemplary police officer," said Detective Glenn Lemoine with the Denham Springs Police Department. "I can't say enough good things about Officer Foster."
Officer James Foster was determined to serve with a passion peers believe was unparallelled. He was an army veteran, boat captain, pilot, Sheriff's deputy and volunteer firefighter before serving in the Denham Springs Police Department.
In his five years as a full-time employee he was honored as officer of the year twice.
"It's surreal," Detective Lemoine said. "It really hasn't hit us that he's not with us anymore."
Detective Glenn Lemoine says it's their close community that's getting them through this tragedy.
Rain or shine the procession will begin tomorrow around 11 with his service starting at 9 at Abundant Life Church. They ask people line North Range Avenue tomorrow with flags and umbrellas as hundreds of police fire and EMS escort the fallen hero to the memorial cemetery.
A memorial fund has been set up at Capital One bank. You can donate at any Capital One location using the account number: 5628960536.