BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – A veteran of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office passed away on Wednesday night.

Lt. Joseph Bell died after almost 30 years of service to the community via the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Along with working in Uniform Patrol, Lt. Bell spent time working at the EBR Parish Prison.

EBR Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux penned this letter which was shared on the EBRSO Facebook page:

“I’m heartbroken over the loss of Lt. Joseph Bell last night following health issues. I know that many of you, like myself, knew and loved Joe. He was always prepared to go out of his way to help anyone in need of anything. I considered him a great personal friend.

I will be forever grateful for my time knowing him and for his almost 28 years of service with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. He served in Uniform Patrol for the past 21 years, most recently as Lieutenant at Kleinpeter substation.

My heart goes out to his wife Tara and their children Josh, Nick and Terynie during such a difficult time. Please remember the family in your prayers. May God bless and protect each of you.”