Co-workers, family remember Bossier firefighter who died in motorcycle crash
LaBryan Dotson praying at a September 11 memorial. Courtesy: Bossier Fire Dept.
Bossier Fire District 1 remembers LaBryan Dotson
HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -
Bossier Firefighter LaBryan Dotson died in a motorcycle crash just hours into the new year, his family and co-workers spoke out Thursday about his service and life.
According to Louisiana State Police, the motorcycle crash happened just after 1:15 Wednesday afternoon on Winnfield Road, one mile east of Bellevue Road.
Police say 30-year-old Dotson was driving his motorcycle and missed a curve, crossed both lanes and went into a ditch.
Friends say it's a very difficult time for his family, and everyone at Fire Station 1 in Haughton, who remember Dotson as a dedicated and loyal volunteer firefighter and friend. "We love him, we miss him, we know he's in a better place now," said Shaquan Hicks, who is heartbroken over the loss.
Even though the couple has been legally separated for years, they've stayed in contact because they have an 8-year-old son together. "It's hard because I have to explain to my son how his daddy died," said Hicks with tears streaming down her face.
Dotson's son is having a hard time coming to grips with what happened, "He doesn't understand, he has a lot of questions, why this happened to his dad," she said.
A day after the accident, a flag flew half staff at fire station 1, where Dotson volunteered as a firefighter and first responder for nearly 11 years. "We miss him, it's going to be tough for the next few days, for the next period of time, we figure he's going to walk through the door and he's not going to come in the door," said Station 1 Deputy Fire Chief Robert Rowe, who described Dotson as always laughing and joking around, "He had a very fun loving personality," he said and explained that Dotson loved his job. In fact, two years ago, Dotson was given a "Life Savers Award" for being first on the scene and saving a woman's life.
Funeral arrangements for Dotson have been set. Visitation is Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Dotson's funeral service is Saturday at 10 a.m. Both will happen at the Eastwood Baptist Church at 2810 Highway 80 in Haughton.