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Officers mourn SPD Sgt. Tim Prunty

Posted: Updated: Nov 23, 2010 03:33 PM CST
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport police tell KSLA News 12 that the day after losing one of their own is a tough one, but that they still have a job to do.

"It makes it a lot more difficult to do what you have to do when it's a really sad time," says Sgt. Anthony Rei.

"In this line of work, life does go on, but it's a little sadder. Life isn't quite as bright as it was before," adds Lt. Dan Houghton.

Houghton worked with Sgt. Tim Prunty for close to 20 years. He says almost all of his memories of the slain officer involve humor.

The Shreveport Fire Department joins the police in mourning Sgt. Prunty. Its flag is at half staff.

"When something this tragic and senseless happens, it affects all of us," Chief Fred Sanders tells us.

Sanders says the paramedics who transported Sgt. Prunty are still shaken up-"Incidents involving firefighters, young children, and police officers---those incidents tend to be an added stress upon our personnel."

Lt. Houghton says every officer understands the risk they take everyday, but they try not to dwell on it.

"When you're tending to the day to day tasks, there's not really a place for that. Otherwise, you'd be paralyzed, and it'll be harder to do your job," he says.

As they mourn, Sgt. Anthony Rei says Sgt. Prunty's murder is a reality check.

"We've gone a long time since we've lost an officer, and it just reminds us all of how quickly things can change."

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