BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Donations are being accepted to support the family of a Baton Rouge Police Officer who was killed in a wreck Friday afternoon during a funeral procession.
Cpl. Shane Totty, 31, was described by top law enforcement officials as a bright young man and one of the best the Baton Rouge Police Department had to offer. He had only been on the road in the motorcycle division for about six months before Friday.
“Cpl. Shane Totty lost his life doing what he loved most; serving the people of Baton Rouge, as he was escorting a funeral for a family of the BR community and was struck by a vehicle. He put up a good fight, but it was just too much for his body to handle,” wrote Behind the Line Baton Rouge, an organization dedicated to assisting police officers and their families in times of trouble.
Behind the Line Baton Rouge says their organization put together the fundraiser on behalf of the fallen officer’s widow, Catty Totty, and baby daughter, Peyton.
“It’s sad because he was a really bright young man and he had a bright future with the police department,” said BRPD Chief Murphy Paul.
As the investigation into the accident continues, top law enforcement officials ask that the community pause and remember what is truly important: a young man, husband, and father is no longer here.
“To leave a young wife and a young child like that, we ask that you remember him and his family in your prayers,” said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
Anyone who would like to donate can do so by clicking the link here.
Community members can also send a check addressed to the Totty Family Fund by mailing it to: PO Box 2490, Denham Springs, La., 70726.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) has also made a $50,000 grant available to Totty’s family. The First Responders Fund, established about 30 years ago, makes charitable gifts to law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders injured or killed in the line of duty.
“The kindness of the residents of our community who are willing to donate their hard-earned money to the family of Corporal Totty speaks volumes to the support and love this community has for our department,” said Chief Paul. “His sacrifice is a solemn reminder of the dedicated service our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day to keep us safe.”
Since the fund was started, the foundation has granted about $665,000 to first responders' families.
Funeral arrangements were released Monday morning to lay Cpl. Totty to rest.
Visitation: Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Greenoaks Funeral Home (9595 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge), and Feb. 7, 9 to 11 a.m. at Healing Place Church (19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge)
Funeral Service: Feb. 7, 9 to 11 a.m. at Healing Place Church (19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge)
Burial: Feb. 7 at Greenoaks Funeral Home
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