EBR Deputy who saved man invited as guest for State of the Union

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy who was off-duty at the time but saved someone’s life in late January will be a special guest for the President’s State of the Union Address on Feb. 7.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced his guest for the State of the Union will be EBR Sheriff’s Deputy Will Bankston.

“Detective Bankston jumped into action to save a man’s life without a second thought,” Cassidy wrote in a news release. “His acts embody what it means to protect and serve. I’m delighted he’s my guest at this year’s State of the Union.”

On Jan. 22, Bankston was off-duty driving down Staring Lane right off Perkins Road in Baton Rouge with his girlfriend when he stopped to save a man from a car that had gotten into a wreck and split into two pieces. One half of the car was on the grass, while the other was in the water under the bridge.

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