NOPD officer dies less than a week after promotion

Photo provided by NOPD

Photo provided by NOPD

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — New Orleans police say Sergeant Jeff Wellborn died today, Nov. 15, after suffering a stroke over the weekend.

Wellborn was an eight year veteran of the department and was just promoted to sergeant last week.  The department says Wellborn worked most recently in the Fourth District in Algiers.

During the promotion ceremony, Wellborn told the audience that he was grateful for the opportunity to help lead the department.

“And I want to really thank all the ones that I’ve worked with over the many years that I’ve been with the department that have taught me how to be a police officer and how to make good decisions out on the street,” Wellborn said.  “I’d also like to thank basically the people of New Orleans for giving us the opportunity to police them, and we hope we do it in a style that is professional for all of you.”

The promotion ceremony was last Thursday.  All of Wellborn’s statements can be seen here.

Superintendent Michael Harrison calls Wellborn a true public servant.

“Jeff emboded the true essence of community policing and I was extremely proud to promote him last week,” Harrison said. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. We will never forget the sacrifice he made to serve his community.”

Funeral services are set for Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Parkview Baptist Church at 6301 Camphor Street in Metairie.  Visitation will be from 4:30-6:00 followed by the funeral service.

Wellborn leaves behind three children ages 29, 27, and 16.