Police Officer Alva Ray Simmons

Police Officer Alva Ray Simmons

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, July 10, 2004

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Alva Ray Simmons

Police Officer Alva Simmons succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 19 years earlier while responding to a burglary in progress. He had slipped into a coma shortly after the incident and never regained consciousness.

Officer Simmons had responded to the call at a home at 1820 Short Street, in the Carrollton area, and was in a crouched position while he approached the home. A subject inside opened fire with a .357 caliber revolver. One of the rounds struck Officer Simmons in the chin, damaging his vocal cord and severing an artery.

He had initially been released from the hospital after one month, but within a few weeks, he began suffering dizziness and slipped into a coma. Doctors were unable to bring him out of the coma. He was returned to his home and given round-the-clock treatment but never regained consciousness.

At the time of the shooting, Officer Simmons had served with the New Orleans Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 53
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 18, 1985
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 100 years

burglary

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BEST FRIEND, just thinking about you, as I always do. I miss you with my whole heart, that silly and cheesy grin, and just your comical ways; you always made you laugh :) It's been nearly 34 years since I heard your voice, but I do have a VHS with you on it. See you in heaven big brother <3 3/18/85- (6/26/85) -7/10/2004

To everyone here, thanks for remembering Alva, he's my hero. xoxo
God bless you all!

Linda
Alva's sister

March 21, 2019

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