Family, friends, community show support for deputy who remains in critical condition

Family, friends, community show support for deputy who remains in critical condition

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - We are learning more tonight about the East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy who is in the hospital fighting for his life.

Nick Tullier is the youngest of three brothers. He also has two children and a fiance.

His friends say he was working detail on Sunday at Benny's Carwash when he was gunned down in the ambush.

Those closest to him are asking for support and prayers while he remains in critical condition.

All you have to do is look around the town of Livingston to see just how much the locals love the their law enforcement. A popular pit stop, Wayne's Barbeque, is feeding them for free this week.

Just next door on a bench at State Senator Dale Erdey's office, a big blue bow welcomes customers.

Lisa Shilling says it's the handy work of her coworker, Mary, Deputy Tullier's mom.

"She made it and put it on the front bow outside. So appropriate," Shilling said.

Shilling says that Tullier's mom laid it there on Friday to show support for all police officers. Little did she know, just two days later her son and five other officers would be ambushed by an alleged madman from Kansas City, Missouri.

"Mary is a passionate person too and that's a good word for Nick as well," Shilling added. "Good word for Nick too. I feel he is a passionate person about everything he does."

So dedicated, his friend Ashlyn McMorris says, that when protesters took to the streets of Baton Rouge, Tullier reported to work.

He was a star kicker on the Denham Springs High School football team and his friends say he has the same drive now that he is a law enforcement officer. They say his winning personality is undeniable.

"Gosh. Nick is a big ole teddy bear," said McMorris. "He's just always happy and never does not have a smile on his face. A great guy. A catch."

Livingston Mayor and family friend, Darrel Jones, says having lost a son himself he understands the pain that comes with suffering.

"There's nothing I can do for them. It's just an ache inside that turns in to a terrible hurt and you can't do anything about it," said Jones.

Tullier's friends say the community is doing what it can and that while they may not see it, the expressions of love and support, no matter how small, go a long way.

Shilling said, "There's nothing more heartwarming than to see a community pull together for you."

A jambalaya fundraiser has been planned for Monday to help raise money for Tullier's family.

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