Slidell Police officer funeral details released for Wednesday

Expects traffic delays

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 19, 2018 - 10:13 pm

Authorities have completed plans for the funeral procession of Slidell Police Officer Jason Seals on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

"The funeral procession will begin after the services at the Northshore Harbor Center are complete. The time estimated for the funeral procession to begin is around 1:30 p.m.," Public Information Officer Daniel Seuzeneau said in a news release. "The procession is expected to last for ONE HOUR, and will be led by over 100 police motorcycles, and well over 100 police units."

He says that citizens are more than welcomed to follow behind the police units, but are also encouraged to line up along the procession route. 

"The space at Forest Lawn Cemetery will be limited."

Slidell Police urge everyone to be prepared for traffic delays.

"Please treat this as you would a parade and understand that roadways will be shut down for up to an hour."

Procession Directions (map below):

- Leave Northshore Harbor Center and turn RIGHT onto Oak Harbor Boulevard

- Continue along Oak Harbor Boulevard to Highway 11 / Pontchartrain Drive

- Turn RIGHT onto Highway 11 / Pontchartrain Drive to Sgt. Alfred Drive

- Turn RIGHT onto Sgt. Alfred Drive and pass in front of the Slidell Police Department

- Continue along Sgt. Alfred Drive to Fremaux Avenue. Turn LEFT onto Fremaux Avenue

- Continue along Fremaux Avenue to Front Street. Turn RIGHT on Front Street.

- Continue along Front Street to Gause Boulevard. Turn LEFT on Gause Boulevard.

- Continue along Gause Boulevard until Forest Lawn Cemetery

"If you do not wish to pay your respects along the procession route, please plan ahead and take an alternate route," Seuzeneau added. "Please remember funeral procession etiquette by pulling over to the side of the road, and remember vehicles in the funeral procession have the right of way."

Further information:

Our message to law enforcement participating in the funeral procession: There will be a designated area for you to park your police units at the Northshore Harbor Center. On the day of the services, we will have people in place to direct you to the proper area.

Our message to fire departments: St. Tammany Fire District One will be participating in the funeral procession. We ask all other visiting fire districts to line up your firetrucks along the procession route. A suggestion would be in the center turn lane on Pontchartrain Drive or somewhere on Front Street.

Our message to the news media: The Seals family has given approval for cameras at both the services at the Northshore Harbor Center and at Forest Lawn Cemetery, where the honor guard will render full-honors to Officer Seals. There will be a designated area for the media at both locations. We ask that you please respect the family, and don’t conduct any interviews with the family without the prior permission of the Public Information Officer, Daniel Seuzeneau, of the Slidell Police Department. PIO Seuzeneau will be your point of contact for any questions or concerns.

Funeral services, with full honors, will be held at the Northshore Harbor Center (100 Harbor Center Boulevard, Slidell, Louisiana) on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 12:00 noon.

Visitation at the Northshore Harbor Center will begin at 9:00 a.m., until funeral time. A police procession will follow the funeral services. Interment in the Forest Lawn Cemetery (1751 Gause Boulevard West, Slidell, Louisiana) will begin after the police procession arrives.

Officer Seals was participating in a funeral escort on Highway 190W in Slidell on September 25th, when investigators say a vehicle pulled out in front of him.

Seals was a father for three.

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