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Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee

On October 1, 2007, the country lost a national law enforcement icon, Sheriff Harry Lee of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Lee was the patriarch of the National Asian Peace Officer’s Association (NAPOA), and NAAALEC. Our beloved Sheriff died of complications from Leukemia after serving for over 28 years as the leader of Jefferson Parish.

NAAALEC President Tom Maruyama, Vice President Billy Quach and Sgt. At Arms John Lee, along with NAPOA President Regan Fong, Vice President Bobby May and Sgt. At Arms Hoi Lee, attended the service.

On September 11, 2007, NAAALEC had a flag flown above the US Capitol for Sherriff Lee, to commemorate him as a life member of NAAALEC. Although the board was unable to present this honor to the Sheriff in person, President Tom Maruyama was able to present it to his widow at the funeral.

Sheriff Lee, you are THE example for all Asians in law enforcement to follow, never say no, never quit and always do your best. You will be missed.