POSTED: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 8:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 2:55pm
ZACHARY, La (NBC33) -- A hometown hero in Zachary passed away Saturday night.
Police Chief John Herty had served the community in Zachary for a long time, and was its chief since 2006.
Herty passed away Saturday night at Lane Medical Center in Zachary due to heart problems.
The chief was a involved in Zachary high school athletics, and loved by mostly everyone in the city.
Herty's friends included Mayor Amrhein and Assistant Police Cheif David Courtney, and they say the next person who's chief has tremendous shoes to fill.
"He truly loved this city. The city and the people here were his life for the past 40 some odd years, he's devoted his life to this city", stated Zachary Assistant Police Chief David Courtney.
David Amrhein, the mayor of Zachary, said, "It's going to be a tremendous loss for the city of Zachary. The amount of time that John put into this community and all this is going to be felt tremendously, he's gonna be a hard man to replace."
Herty is survived by his wife, Cheryl.