Hero Down: Slidell PD Officer Jason Seals Killed From Funeral Procession Crash
Slidell, LA – Slidell Police Officer Jason Seals died in the line of duty on Saturday, nearly two months after he was injured in an on-duty motorcycle crash while escorting a funeral procession.
Officer Seals, 35, was traveling along Highway 190 West at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sep. 25, when a motorist suddenly pulled out in front of him, the Slidell Police Department said in a Facebook post.
Officer Seals slammed into the vehicle and was ejected from his patrol motorcycle, The New Orleans Advocate reported.
The force of the impact launched him at least 50 feet away from the crash.
Officer Seals was rushed to University Medical Center in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries, The Times-Picayune reported.
“Jason was a model officer who was beloved by his family, his fellow officers, and the citizens of our community,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said in the department’s post. “We are broken, but we are focused on providing prayers and support to Jason’s family.”
Officer Seals leaves behind his wife, Katelyn, as well as their children, Lili, Levi, and Maddox, according to a fundraising site established to help the fallen officer’s family.
“He left behind a loving wife, three kids, and many others who loved him dearly,” Chief Fandal said. “This is going to be a very difficult time for our Slidell Police family.”
Officer Seals, a 10-year veteran of the department, served with the patrol and traffic divisions, according to his obituary.
He was a member of the SWAT and Fatality Teams, served as a field training officer, and was a member of the Honor Guard.
Officer Seals was also the assistant vice president of the Slidell Police Benevolent Association, and received numerous commendations throughout his career.
Officer Seals will be laid to rest on Wednesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Slidell Police Officer Jason Seals, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.