SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – A Shreveport police officer, husband and father of two has died, six days after being stricken with a debilitating brain hemorrhage. Family and friends held vigil around the clock since Sgt. Greg Washam was rushed to Willis Knighton Pierremont on Monday, where he underwent emergency surgery. He remained in a coma until he passed away at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning. He was 45.
Sgt. Greg Washam has been with SPD for nearly 20 years, most recently as the day shift supervisor of the Shreveport Mounted Patrol.
In a statement released this morning by the Shreveport Police Department, "Sgt. Washam faithfully protected the citizens of Shreveport for almost 20 years. In addition to his tenure with the police department, Greg answered his country's call courageously with over 24 years of service in the military, where he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Greg was a truly selfless and unique person who had a tremendous impact on the lives of everyone around him. He will be sorely missed by not only his family but by the men and women who had the honor and privilege of serving next to him."
In a eulogy posted by friend and co-worker, Shreveport Police Cpl. R.T. Edwards writes, "Lieutenant Colonel Greg Washam: Greg has fought this last battle with all his heart, giving no quarter, but today he received the order to withdraw. Greg ignored the order refusing to give up his position until the very last minute. On the 20th day of June in the year 2010; LtCol GD Washam broke camp and withdrew to his final position. He has rallied with those who fell before him, he is in very good company. "All the way Sir!" He will be missed but never forgotten."
His sudden illness prompted an outpouring of support, for which his sister-in-law Annice Ernst says his family is very grateful. "We wouldn't have made it this far without the love and support. We are overwhelmed at the support. It's just amazing. We knew he knew a lot of people, but we had no idea how many lives he had touched."
Shreveport Police Chief Henry Whitehorn has authorized the wearing of black mourning bands over officers' badges. As is customary, the bands will remain until Sgt. Washam is buried.
Funeral arrangements are pending.