Colonel Sammy Martin, director of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division in Louisiana sadly reports the death of Agent Cadet Immanuel Washington.
Agent Washington, 38, suffered a cardiac medical emergency following a 2.5-mile run at the agency’s training academy. After he had successfully completed the run, he was walking to cool down and suddenly collapsed. The academy staff immediately rendered emergency first aid and called for advance life support.
Washington was transported to Ochsner Medical Center for advanced cardiac care and remained in the intensive care unit on life support where he passed away the following day.
Immanuel Washington served the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for three weeks. He had previously served with the Youngsville Police Department and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department.
“Our hearts are broken by this tragedy. … From the accounts I received, Mr. Washington was an excellent cadet and an even better person. This is a loss for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries,” secretary Jack Montoucet wrote in a statement.
Asked if the extreme heat might have been a factor in the cadet’s death, Adam Einck, a spokesman for Wildlife and Fisheries, said the agency is awaiting a report from East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark.
Immanuel Washington worked with Youngsville police for the past two years before leaving the department on July 1st to pursue a dream of being a LDWF agent.
“He left here with our full support; so much so that I was willing to hold a spot to make sure he graduated the academy. Because if not I knew that’s the type of person I wanted back in my department,” said Chief Rickey Boudreaux of the Youngsville Police Department.
Rogers Washington is Immanuel’s older brother. He says hearing the news of his brother’s death was the worst day of his life, but he couldn’t help but remember his brother’s charisma and spirit.
“He had this..there was this thing about him. First of all his smile. He had this smile that people were just drawn to,” Washington said.
Chief Boudreaux’s memories didn’t differ. “He had that contagious smile and it affected everybody that he was around. Even if you were in the worst mood, he knew with that smile and his inner being that he could bring out the best in everybody,” the chief said.
While family and friends remember the good times, the cause of Washington’s death remains a mystery.
“That’s what makes it hurt the most. You can prepare for somebody that is sick but my brother, he was a healthy guy,” said Washington’s brother while fighting back tears.
— Chris Nakamoto WBRZ (@ChrisNakamoto) July 20, 2018
Sadly Agent Cadet (former police officer) Immanuel Washington 38, died of a heart attack while training for the Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries LA. He previously served w/the Youngsville PD & St Mary Parish SO.
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On Twitter Governor John Bel Edwards posted, “We are saddened to hear of the loss of @LDWF Cadet Immanuel Washington. Donna and I ask everyone in Louisiana to join their prayers to ours for his family and friends during this very difficult time.”
We are saddened to hear of the loss of @LDWF Cadet Immanuel Washington. Donna and I ask everyone in Louisiana to join their prayers to ours for his family and friends during this very difficult time.
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) July 20, 2018
Washington was a member of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette basketball team from 2001-’03.
As human beings go, they didn't come any better than this guy. Cajun fans are hurting today.https://t.co/fod6PxXDv3
— Jay Walker (@jayespn1420) July 20, 2018
He is survived by his wife, a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.
Agent Cadet Immanuel Washington is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
— ODMP.org (@ODMP) July 23, 2018