BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was a tearful morning for family and friends of the Honorable Frank J. Polozola.
Many gathered at Resthaven Gardens of Memory to say their final goodbyes to the federal judge who served as chief judge of the Middle District of Louisiana from 1998 to 2005.
Polozola lost his battle with cancer Sunday at the age of 71.
He was sworn in as a US district judge on May 29, 1980, after having been nominated by President Jimmy Carter.
He served as chief judge of the Middle District of Louisiana from September 1, 1998, to August 31, 2005, and became a senior judge on January 15, 2007.
Prior to his presidential appointment, Polozola served as part time magistrate judge from April of 1972 until he was appointed the first full time magistrate judge for the Middle District of Louisiana in October of 1973.