Bossier Sheriff helps tornado victim

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Twenty-seven-year-old Tracey Jefferson not only lost his great-grandfather in the tornado that ripped through the Haughton area nearly two weeks ago, he also lost his home.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office presented him with a check for $500 Wednesday afternoon from “Friends of Bossier Law Enforcement,” funds that are donated by private residents to help support those in need in the community.

Tracey lived with 87-year-old Ira Jefferson at his residence on Davis Road, but he was not there the night of the tornado. His great-grandfather was injured that night and was hospitalized. However, three days later, he succumbed to his injuries.

Young Tracey is in the process of cleaning up the property and purchasing a used trailer to move to the land.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office Capt. Doug Lauter and Sgt. Tina Fruge presented the check to Tracey on his land at Davis Road.

“On behalf of Sheriff Whittington, we would like to give you something from concerned citizens in Bossier Parish to help you get back on your feet,” said Capt. Lauter, as he presented the $500 check, funds provided by private donations.

“I really do appreciate it,” said Tracey. “And I thank the Sheriff’s Department. They have been a big help.”

Sgt. Tina Fruge, who helps senior citizens as the Elderly Services Coordinator, noted, “That’s what we’re here for.”

The services for Ira “Frog” Jefferson, 87, will be as follows:

  • Visitation: Friday, Jan. 24, 6 – 7 p.m., at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home, 1339 Jewel Street, Shreveport.
  • Funeral Service: Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m., at Bracks Chapel CME Church, 588 Chinanook Road in Elm Grove.
  • Graveside Service: Monday, Jan. 27, at 10 am. at Northwest La. Veterans Cemetery in Keithville.