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Hero Down: St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Jerome Hookfin Dies After Brief Illness

Greensburg, LA – St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Department (SHPSD) Lieutenant Jerome Hookfin died on July 6 after a brief illness, according to his department.

The 50-year-old lieutenant had been in the hospital “for a few days” prior to passing away, St. Helena Parish Sheriff Nathaniel “Nat” Williams said in a press release later that night.

“We all prayed that he would overcome his sickness and his hospital stay would be short,” Sheriff Williams said, noting that he had just spoken with the longtime lieutenant a few days prior.

“I would have never imagined that being our last conversation,” the sheriff said.

His exact cause of death was not released.

Lt. Hookfin joined the SHPSD in August of 1997.

He served in many capacities during his 25 years of service, including working in corrections, criminal patrol, criminal investigation, and as supervisor of the SHPSD’s Patrol Division.

He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant shortly before his unexpected death.

“He was an overall great person, always smiling, respectful and willing to help out any way he could,” Sheriff Williams noted. “His legacy of service and sacrifice will live on. We are forever grateful and will always remember and honor Lieutenant Jerome Hookfin ST-07. Heaven just received another shining light.”

Numerous people offered their condolences to the fallen lieutenant’s family on his obituary page.

“My deepest sympathy for the Hookfin Family. Jerome was a gentle giant with an infectious smile … It was a pleasure working with him,” one message read.

Lt. Hookfin leaves behind his daughter, as well as his friends, family members, and his coworkers.

“Please keep his family in prayer,” Sheriff Williams said.

Lt. Hookfin was laid to rest on July 15, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Jerome Hookfin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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