All morning, I’ve been trying to find the right words, but as you can see by the hundreds of lives Ward impacted, if you did not know Ward Webb by today, you can see he was truly a mentor to many.

If you have been on any social media site from last night at around 9:30 p.m. and anytime today, you may have heard the news that we loss yet another icon in our community, our parish and our state in Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. Ward Webb.

Webb was 1982 graduate of East Ascension High School and a 32-year veteran of our Ascension Sheriff’s Office Family.

All morning, I’ve been trying to find the right words, but as you can see by the hundreds of lives Ward impacted, if you did not know Ward Webb by today, you can see he was truly a mentor to many.

Hundreds of people have changed their Facebook profile pictures today to Ward’s picture.

Let me first say thanks, to the hundreds that visited Ward in the hospital in the past month, and let me say thanks again to so many family members and friends who were at the hospital last night with his beautiful and caring wife Nita and Ward’s entire family, as he gained his wings.

Ward had an inner strength that could have powered the entire world if you were able to harness it, and he had the courage beyond anyone that I ever encountered. As you can read today, Ward was an inspiration to so many people in this world.

Ward you have touched us all with your warm heart, your bright smile and your outstanding personality. How in the world do you ever begin to express what Ward Webb meant to so many today?

Loving husband, caring stepfather, special paran to several. Beloved son, caring brother and a special Uncle to so many nieces, nephews and godchildren. Ward, you shared a special bond with each person and made everyone us feel extra special – you just had a wonderful way with people.

Many of you know that Ward has been the Leader and the Quarterback for many years centered around the Louisiana Special Olympics. Ward has been very instrumental in raising money for many years for Special Olympians not just in Ascension Parish, but across this nation. Ward had had the privilege of carrying the “Flame of Hope” in the International Special Olympics. If you ever followed Ward Webb on social media sites, you will clearly see that his entire face book page is dedicated to the Special Olympics children he has led and mentored over the years. Ward was the local leader for years on the local Polar Plunge.

Ward brought life to everything and touched every heart that he ever met. Everyone who met Ward knew he was a caring and giving person. Ward had a unique quality in that he could make anyone feel special in our community. He brought life to everything and touched every heart he ever met.

His very outspoken leadership and influence, usually behind the scenes was phenomenal. He dedicated himself to helping others and never expected anything in return.

Ward, you have indeed made the supreme sacrifice to make the quality of life better for all of us in Ascension Parish. May you rest in peace for eternity knowing that you have a very large family, friends and co-workers to carry on the love and continued sacrifice that you made every day you opened your eyes.

Ward, your hard work and dedication to the wonderful residents of our Parish will never go un-noticed. You were a true role model, and a true giver. Thank you so much for making Ascension Parish a better place to live and raise our children and grandchildren.

I know your beautiful parents were waiting to greet you last night, when you reached the gates of heaven.

Ward, I will miss your smile, your leadership and your dedication to the children and residents of our wonderful parish. I’m going to miss your mentoring, and our one-on-one talks.

To the entire Webb Family, thank you so much for sharing Ward with this community. We are all better, because of Ward’s Enthusiasm, Determination and Loyalty.

REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER!

Fire Chief / Constable / APSO Reserve Deputy Commander

James E. LeBlanc