A 38-year-old cadet training to become an enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries died Friday after he collapsed shortly after a training run.

According to a press release, Immanuel Washington, 38, of Youngsville, died at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge on Friday, one day after being rushed to the hospital.

“Our hearts are broken by this tragedy,” said Jack Montoucet, LDWF secretary. “The whole Wildlife and Fisheries family offer our prayers for his wife, his children, his family and friends. From the accounts I received, Mr. Washington was an excellent cadet and an even better person. 

“This is a loss for Louisiana.”

Washington was in the third week of his training to become an enforcement agent at the LDWF Training Academy located off N. Flannery Road in Baton Rouge.  After he collapsed, training agents immediately called for an ambulance and began CPR, the release states.

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Washington’s family at this point. This is a very sad time for his family, the agents and the cadets that came to know him during his training,” said Col. Sammy Martin, head of the enforcement division.  “From everything I’ve heard about this man, his dream was to become a Wildlife and Fisheries agent.  We were very happy to hire him and believe he would have made a great agent.”

Washington’s body was turned over to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death. He is survived by his wife, a 3-year-old-son and a 1-year-old daughter.