Injured deputy speaks at memorial service for officers

Injured deputy speaks at memorial service for officers

HAHNVILLE, LA (WVUE) - Three weeks after he was shot while working a traffic detail, Corp. Burt Hazeltine put on his St. Charles Parish sheriff's uniform again Tuesday.

He helped remember Louisiana law enforcement officers who died while serving their communities.

At the memorial service, deputies read the names of three Louisiana officers killed in 2014: Deputy Carlos Papillion of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, Deputy Allen Bares Jr. of the Vermillion Parish Sheriff's Office, and Officer James Foster Jr. of the Denham Springs Police Department.

"He was a mentor to a lot of people in the community, always wanted them to do well in life, and every stop he had it was like a lesson to anyone that he came across," said Foster's wife, Julie. "He just wanted to change lives as much as he could and I know he impacted a lot of people. I know he did and I hope he knows that."

The Sheriff's Office also presented Hazeltine with its Purple Heart award. Hazeltine said he's still healing, but he's anxious to get back to work.

"It's not a vacation because I'm feeling my energy isn't all there, and I spent a lot of time relaxing and resting and that's not my normal routine," he said.

Hazeltine said he has received cards and messages from across the country, and he's thankful for all the support.

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