A Slidell Police Department Mounted Patrol horse died after serving for two decades.
The horse, named Bear, was 25 years old.
Bear was a retired race horse served in law enforcement for the last 20 years.
He completed more than 150 police assignments, including seven Mardi Gras seasons, several fairs and festivals, and the Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Most recently, Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal rode Bear in the 2018 Slidell Mardi Gras parades. Bear was also ridden by Captain Marvin Bordelon and Officer Eldon Juneau.
Bordelon, Juneau, caretaker Julia Shanks and Lewis Stables played a big role in caring for Bear.
According to the Slidell Police Department, the mounted division is self-funded by the officers and through donations made by citizens. If you would like to donate, you can call the vice president of the Friends of Slidell Police Foundation, Andy Frisard at 504-512-1039.