The community in Franklin gathered to honor the life of a local man who died last year while training to be an agent for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Saturday, Immanuel Washington’s jersey for the local Pro-am team was retired during a small ceremony.
The ceremony took place at Franklin Junior High School with family, friends and community members in attendance. Those gathered shared stories of their interactions with Washington, honoring his service and dedication to those around him.
Family members and teammates say the day was a chance to honor him but also show the younger generations the image of a positive role model.
“We want to let people see the type of example he set…you too can come from any place in your life and do productive things and be a productive citizen,” Washington’s wife said.
Washington says that she is blessed to have had the years she did with her husband and is thankful for the community for honoring his memory.
“I am filled with love and joy from the community…I am just thankful and blessed,” Washington said.
Immanuel Washington died in July 2018 during training with LDWF.
Washington played for First Team of Louisiana, Pro-am basketball team for about 8 years. He was also a former UL Basketball player.
Washington worked with St. Mary Parish, New Iberia, Broussard, and Youngsville Police Departments before going to work for La Wildlife and Fisheries.
Following his death, Washington was recognized by several state, local and federal agencies.
Read our original story here: Former Cajun, Youngsville police officer Washington dies