Slain officer laid to rest

Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:18am

The Shreveport police officer who was gunned down early Sunday morning was laid to rest Thursday afternoon.

Shreveport police officers, local law enforcement officers and officers from across the country joined together at Summer Grove Baptist church to honor their fallen brother, Sgt. Tim Prunty.

Throughout his nineteen years as an officer of the Shreveport Police Department, Sgt. Prunty received thirteen commendations ranging from assisting an elderly woman to apprehending burglary suspects.

Friends and family remember the fallen officer as always putting his work first.  "He lived it; he breathed it.  Tim Prunty died doing what he loved," Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw shared with the congregation.  He said that the Shreveport Police Department will keep Sgt. Prunty in their hearts and will never forget him.

Chief Shaw praised Sgt. Prunty and all of his officers for risking their lives each day in order to serve their community.  "We know that there is a chance that we may not come home.  We don't do it for the pats on the back.  We don't do it for the thanks. We don't do it for the money.  We do it because it's a calling.  We do it because it must be done."

The funeral procession from Summer Grove Baptist Church had 500 vehicles and took an hour and fifteen minutes to arrive at the burial site.  Sgt. Prunty was buried with full honors in his uniform at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Haughton, LA.
 

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