BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Hundreds of law enforcement and community members gathered for the procession of Deputy Nick Tullier.
In 2016, EBRSO Cpl. Nick Tullier was called to a scene that forever changed his life.
A group of officers was ambushed, three were killed and three more were injured — one of them was Nick Tullier. The ambush was a pre-mediated attack on the officers. Tullier was left in critical condition with a spinal injury, unable to walk. His family, friends, and law enforcement officers stood by him every step of the way.
After battling these conditions for over six years showed how strong Nick Tullier was for his wife and children.
The family announced his passing Thursday morning on Facebook, saying, “God has gained his best angel.”
Corky Kees and Sharon Hicks said they would keep up on his conditions through the family’s “Nick Tullier Strong” page.
“From day one, his mother and father set up a website, on Facebook. You know we would send messages to his dad and he would send messages to us, it’s like you knew the family but I don’t know them personally,” said Kees and Hicks.
On Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., more than 154 officers escorted the forever hero out of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Many members of the community filled the streets, waving the American flag to honor Tullier. Leaving the hospital, he was transported to Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs.
“We may have lost him here, but we gained a great warrior in heaven, an angel, and he’ll never be forgotten,” said Kees and Hicks.
Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran says he knew Tullier from the very beginning of his career.
“When Nick first came in, I was working traffic for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office,” said Chief Corcoran.
While talking about Tullier, Chief Corcoran showed his emotions through his eyes and said, “We can’t cry over losing someone, it’s hard, but it’s what we do.”
The chief talked about Tullier and his love for the badge.
“If you wanted something done. Call Nick. He wasn’t scared. He went to it. He was a true hero for the badge,” said Chief Corcoran.
“He’s walking and talking now, and he’s policing up in the sky,” said Chief Corcoran.
As of right now, funeral plans have not been announced.