NEW ORLEANS – One local police district took camaraderie to another level, raising thousands for a fellow officer fighting cancer.
Officer Jackie Fontenot was presented with the check at NOPD’s First District, where Superintendent Michael Harrison, two chaplains, and other officers gathered to pray. The money will be used to help pay Fontenot’s medical bills.
Fontenot, who joined NOPD at 45 years old, has been working in the First District for 10 years. She found out about her esophageal adenocarcinoma diagnosis in Oct. 2016.
Two fellow officers, Colette Hart and Beverly Ashe, started looking for ways to help raise money after finding out Fontenot didn’t have any supplemental insurance.
“It was awe-inspiring to see a lady that came on (the force) at 46 years old, that wanted to be the police and still wanted to do great and run after criminals,” said Hart. “Her and I have been friends ever since.”
After starting a GoFundMe account, selling t-shirts, and private donations from other law enforcement agencies, the officers were able to present Fontenot with a check.
“I’m overwhelmed,” said Fontenot. “People from all walks have expressed their support. It’s very touching.”
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