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Mangham community says final goodbyes to fallen officer

Officers Marshall Waters Jr. was shot in the line of duty in October
Published: Nov. 14, 2020 at 11:13 PM CST
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GRAYSON, La. (KNOE) - The Mangham community paid their final respects to a fallen police officer on Saturday. Officer Marshall Waters Jr. was shot in the line of duty last month and later died from his injuries.

“Officer Waters was a truly good man. A good man, a good friend,” said Johnny Natt, Mangham mayor. “For the years I’ve known him up until his passing. Always had that smile on his face.”

The graveside service included several tributes like a 21-gun salute and even a proclamation in Waters' honor.

“I do hereby proclaim the fifth day of November 2020 as Officer Marshall Waters Jr. Day in the town of Mangham,” Natt said.

“There’s no way that we as police officers in Mangham can ever fill the void of PD3,” another speaker said.

“Marshall didn’t suit up for the glory. He did it for the people. He did it to change people’s lives and our community. Marshall will live on in our hearts and our jobs and our community forever,” said Perry Fleming, Mangham Police chief.

“Marshall just had a way about him. He waved at everybody, he blew at everybody. I don’t believe anybody in the town of Mangham disliked Marshall.”

The Northeast Louisiana Ambulance Service and Mangham Police Department also gave their final calls to Waters.

“It hurt me in a way I’ve never been hurt for him to go this soon. He left a legacy that will forever be hard to trot because of how much he cared for the communities.”

“We can choose to look around down here. We can see the pain. We can see the loss. We can see the suffering or we can look up and take comfort in knowing that there’s a God that’s looking down and that Marshall is in the hands of a just God today.”

In one final call, a voice could be heard saying, “PD3 Officer Marshall Waters Jr. this is your last call. Rest easy brother. Mangham Police Department has it from here.”

To view the entire graveside service, click here.

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