Today they laid to rest Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Joshua Norris. He was 22 years old. He had, the day prior, become engaged to be married, and had only been on the force for a short time. His death really hits home, not only because our business is in Jefferson Parish, but because my own father was a JPSO Deputy, and I know how close-knit those people are. I remember well the day my father graduated from the Academy and how fired-up those new deputies were. How ambitious they all were, and how they talked and acted like one big family, ready to take on the world.
My heart goes out to those who knew Joshua Norris, and I am very sorry for his loss. He died a brave young man, in the line of duty, and we should all remember how important our police system is to not only our safety, but to their families as well. They are, after all, people just like us who have the same feelings the rest of us do. Let us show respect to the police force for putting their lives on the line and truly giving their "all".
Bless you, Joshua. May you rest in peace and may your family and friends be at peace knowing you are in a better place.