Retired Lieutenant Sam Vitter laid to rest Thursday - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Retired Lieutenant Sam Vitter laid to rest Thursday

Funeral procession (Source: Leah Ellsworth/WAFB) Funeral procession (Source: Leah Ellsworth/WAFB)
Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO) Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO)
PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

Family, friends, and dozens of men and women from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said goodbye to former Lieutenant Sam Vitter Thursday morning.

Vitter died this past weekend in a drowning accident.  Investigators say that 56-year-old Lt. Sam Vitter was found dead after jumping into a pond to rescue his yorkshire terrier.

According to the office of APSO Sheriff Jeff Wiley, a call from the Spanish Oaks subdivision in Prairieville, La. was received at around 10:30 a.m., reporting that a set of keys and shoes were found on the bank of the Spanish Oaks pond, as well as a small barking ddog. Investigatorswent door-to-door searching for the owner of the items before they realized that the owner was one of their own. 

Vitter lived on a street behind the pond, which is located at the end of Spanish Oaks Blvd. Investigators believe that he went into the water to get his small dog which jumped in, chasing wildlife. 

Vitter never resurfaced. The Prairieville Fire Department, Gonzales Dive Team, and the Ascension Parish deputies recovered his body at around 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Vitter was a 32-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office before retiring last fall. More than 10 agencies were on hand for the services held at Oak Lane Cemetery in Prairieville.

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