Slidell, LA – Slidell Police Department (SPD) Officer Theresa Simon died in the line of duty on Sunday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency.
The SPD confirmed the 46-year-old veteran officer’s unexpected death in a Facebook post later the same day.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Slidell Police Officer Theresa Simon,” the department said. “This afternoon, Officer Simon was on-duty and suffered, presumably, a massive heart attack.”
She was immediately rushed to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where medical personnel attempted “all possible lifesaving measures,” but to no avail, the SPD said.
“This is a big loss to our law enforcement family and citizens of Slidell,” SPD Chief Randy Fandal said in the agency’s post. “Officer Simon served and protected this city for over a decade and touched the lives of many.”
Officer Simon joined the SPD in 2002 after earning a degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University.
During her nearly 20 years of service, she worked as a patrol officer, academy instructor, detective, and field training officer before entering into her most recent assignment as a school resource officer at Little Oak Middle School, the SPD said.
“Just this past week, Officer Simon studied hard and passed her promotional exam for sergeant,” the department noted.
Officer Simon received a multitude of awards during her career, and was also selected to represent her agency on the former reality television show, Live PD.
“Officer Simon was loved and well-respected by all,” her department said.
She leaves behind her husband, SPD Lieutenant Kevin Simon, as well as her 10-year-old and two-year-old sons.
“Please keep the Simon family in your thoughts and prayers as this will be a very difficult time for them, as well as all of us here at the Slidell Police Department,” Chief Fandal said.
Please keep the Slidell Police Department in your thoughts and prayers. Officer Theresa Simon passed after suffering on on duty medical emergency.#officerdown #neverforgetthefallen #EOW #slidell #louisiana @SlidellPD pic.twitter.com/Vq8JsHX4W8
— Oakboro Police Dept. (@Oakboropolicenc) June 13, 2021
We join our brothers and sisters of the Slidell Police Department as they mourn the loss of one their own, Slidell Police Officer Theresa Simon. 🙏🏼We send our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and entire Slidell Police Department pic.twitter.com/oJ0SaaGnPt
— FIUPolice (@FIUPOLICE) June 14, 2021
Rest In Peace: Police Officer Theresa Simon. Slidell Police Department, Louisiana. End of Watch Sunday, June 13, 2021. @SlidellPD @PoliceOne @ODMP #BlueLivesMatter #officerdown pic.twitter.com/mtoKVa54fo
— R Cook (@retiredNCSHP) June 14, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Slidell Police Department Officer Theresa Simon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.