To celebrate Independence Day last Wednesday, several deputies with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office volunteered their time to help local kids beat the heat by giving out popsicles. Children in the Jena and Olla areas were surprised with this cool, sweet treat! Even Sheriff Scott Franklin got into the spirit of July 4th, handing out popsicles in various communities and at the annual Tri-City Poppers fireworks show in Olla on Wednesday night. “I’d like to thank all the deputies who volunteered their time to take part in this event, which surprised children throughout the area with a special treat on a hot day,” Franklin said. Deputy Denny Pittman is shown here at two locations in the parish treating kids to a free popsicle.