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Roast of Sheriff Jay Russell

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Ouachita Sheriff Jay Russell put on a smiling face to get roasted by his friends and colleagues.

"I don't know what it says about a guy who can only draw a crowd when he knows people are only going to be here to make fun of him, and pay to come see it," says one roaster.

Joke after joke, all with Sheriff Jay Russell as the punch line.

"They say that he has Rockstar status so they call him Jay Bon Jovi," says Wade Bishop.

Russell says it's all worth being put in the hot seat.

"How do you tell the veterans no? That's who it's really about, it's about raising money for the Chennault Aviation Museum," says Russell.

At about $50 a seat, roasting Russell earned the museum about $10,000.

"Fundraisers are necessary especially for places like the Chennault Museum," says Stu Bashner, "and rather than just ask people for money, we like to give them something back in return."

The reward for Friday night's donors was getting to poke fun at their very own sheriff, of course, it was all in good fun, for a good cause.

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