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Funeral service held for Ponchatoula Police Cpl. Pricilla Pierson

PONCHATOULA – Cpl. Pricilla Dean Pierson was remembered for her dedication to serving her community and the smile she left behind as she was laid to rest Saturday.

“Her smile lit up the world. She was a very compassionate, humble, kind and loving person,” said Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson.

The 44-year-old Ponchatoula police officer was found dead in her police car in the Rouses parking lot Tuesday morning. Pierson died of a heart attack. According to Chief Layrisson, she had an 80 percent blockage in one artery and was suffering from heart problems.

“The loss of Pricilla has been a tremendous loss for all of us, and for some employees even more so than ever. Now we must do what we can to continue to support not only her family, but also our officers.”

First responders from surrounding parishes showed their support as the fallen officer was escorted to her final resting place. Chief Layrisson said Cpl. Pierson loved her community and served whenever she could.

“Her favorite event was Halloween when she got to hand out candy during the trunk or treat program. She participated in many school events and all our fairs and festivals,” Laryisson said. “She was a mother to many people. She served as a role model for our young women.”

Chief Layrisson has set up a GoFundMe account to support her family.