Vinton, Louisiana – Vinton Police Department (VPD) Officer Jason McGee died on Dec. 13, following a lengthy battle against cancer.
Officer McGee was just 36 years old when he was diagnosed with State IV colorectal cancer in the summer of 2018, KPLC reported.
He later acknowledged that even though he felt like something was wrong, he had waited to go to the doctor.
“At 36 I never would have imagined I would have stage 4 colorectal cancer,” he told KPLC in September of 2018. “I mean, who would, you know?”
Officer McGee urged others not to ignore changes in their health, regardless of their age.
“Anything that’s out of the ordinary...go to the doctor,” he said. “Might be a little embarrassing, you don’t want to talk about it, but just do it. Because going and talking to them is better than the alternative.”
The citizens of Vinton – a tight-knit community of just over 3,300 people – rallied around Officer McGee and his wife in the wake of his diagnosis, KPLC reported.
“I’m humbled by the support I’ve gotten in this time,” he said. “I’ve never expected anything, the benefit or anything, I never expected any of that.”
Officer McGee joined VPD in 2002, and was often seen driving around town wearing a pig nose with his “trusty dashboard partner, Bacon,” according to his obituary.
He also enjoyed blasting The Clash’s “I Fought the Law” from his patrol vehicle during transports, his family noted.
“Officer McGee was a dedicated officer who served the citizens of Vinton with pride and sometimes a little bit of humor,” the VPD said in a Facebook post. “He will be forever in hearts and always on our minds. Rest In Peace brother we will take it from here.”
Officer McGee, 38, leaves behind his wife of six years, Rachel, as well as his sisters, brother, niece, nephews, grandparents, in-laws, and many friends and extended family members, according to his obituary.
He was laid to rest on Tuesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Vinton Police Department Officer Jason McGee, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.