‘The toughest thing I’ve ever been through’ | Husband speaks after Ponchatoula officer’s untimely death

  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson
  • Pricilla Pierson

PONCHATOULA — The husband of a Ponchatoula police officer, who abruptly passed away at the age of 44, is speaking about his wife’s death for the first time.

Newlywed Priscilla Pierson, a mother and stepmom to five children, passed away on May 8, 2024. Around 10 a.m., someone called 911 when they found the officer unresponsive. An autopsy revealed that Pierson had an 80% blockage, which was a factor in her death.

“There was absolutely no symptoms, no signs of anything. Now, she did have high blood pressure, but nothing more than anybody else,” said Pierson’s husband, Larry. “The Saturday before she passed away, there was a memorial fishing tournament in Shell Beach. We fished all that day, and she was in and out of the boat, loading [the] ice chest and just blowing and going. Then Sunday, she cut our grass, my mother & father’s grass, weed eat, pulled weeds in her flower bed, did all of that Sunday. Then she passed away early Tuesday morning.

“It really is still just unbelievable. She never stopped. She was always working, always doing something with her flowers. And it was just, it’s really hard to believe.”

Larry tells UWK he and Priscilla been together for the last four years and had just gotten married on April 22, 2024, in Jamaica. He said losing his wife suddenly to heart failure has been the most heart-wrenching experience of his life.

“Honestly, it’s been the toughest thing I’ve ever been through. It’s just unreal. It really is,” he said.

Larry says that he and Priscilla were parents to five children, two of his and three of hers.

“I can sum her up for you: She was a mother and a wife first and foremost,” said Pierson.

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson tells UWK that Priscilla was a great police officer who had been with the department for the last eight years. She started as a communications officer, then went through the police academy and became a patrol officer. She had recently been promoted to corporal.

“Pricilla was a very kindhearted, very loving person. She was a mom to many and her smile lit up the world,” said Layrisson.

A benefit is being organized to honor the memory of the 44-year-old officer at Harris Seafood on West Pine St. in Ponchatoula. Pre-orders for a $12 BBQ dinner are underway, and orders will be available for pickup on June 14 starting at 11 a.m.

Ponchatoula Officer Benefit
Ponchatoula Officer Benefit

Pierson told UWK that the support from the community has been “beyond overwhelming.”

“It means a lot to me that people will come together and care for Priscilla like that, and it will absolutely help our family out. I’m very grateful for everyone,” he said.

The benefit event, which aims to provide financial support to the Pierson family during this time, is scheduled for June 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. While pre-orders are available, people can also buy a plate on-site. Donations will also be accepted.

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