Heather Baker, President and Founder of L36 A Warrior’s Way
The widow of Trooper George Baker. This foundation is meant to provide support to other first responder families that ever must endure the same tragedy as mine. I created this organization for two reasons. First, our daughter, Harper, to keep the memory of my husband and her daddy alive. I want her to grow up knowing who her dad was and what type of life he led. Second, for me. My husband was a servant. I was use to nights alone, missed holidays and birthdays, and never being able to make plans. That never bothered me. I knew he was doing what he loved and I was always in his corner. Always had his back, no matter what. In creating this organization, I hope that my husband’s second greatest legacy (first being Harper) will provide some comfort for other families. We never want another family to go through this, but in the event, it happens, we want to be able to step in and help any way we can.
I am George Baker’s little sister. George was my very first friend and I am filled with many hilarious, and sometimes slightly dangerous, memories of him. The foundation, L36 A Warrior’s Way, is an amazing opportunity to keep my brother’s memory alive and to show the love of Jesus to other families who have been struck by tragedy. This foundation is just one example of how God is creating beauty from our ashes and I am honored to be a part of it.
Uncle T-Day as Harper calls me, I have been George’s best friend for over 20 years. We stood beside one another through sports all through school, were together for our law enforcement careers, and were the best man at each other’s weddings. Serving as Vice President of the L36 A Warrior’s Way will allow me to help carry on George’s legacy and fulfill his life-long goals, as well as being able to keep his memory alive.
I first met George when he was a scrawny, but cute and respectful middle school student. It was several years later before I saw him again. As time had passed, George was not that scrawny little fella anymore. He was a Marine, getting ready to go to Afghanistan. He had grown up into a young man with the same respectful and kind characteristics and a drive to serve his community. L36 A Warriors Way is part of Trooper George Baker’s legacy. George’s first gift to the world will put a smile on your face, astonish you with her character and attitude, and remind you of him every day: Little Miss L36, Harper Baker. George will forever be seen in her looks, actions, and manners. His second gift is comprised of all the memories that his family and friends will treasure and the impact he had on those that met him. George’s third gift, which continues, is that of life. As an organ donor, George has brought joy and healing to others; even during the tragedy of losing him. L36 A Warriors Way allows for George’s commitment to community to surpass his time on this Earth by touching the lives of other first responder’s families. It is a way for others to get to know George Baker and provide an example of the type of person we should all strive to be. I am so blessed to be able to call him my son-in-law.
It is important to me to be a part of this organization for many reasons. One being giving back to our first responders and their families in a true time of need. I have unfortunately been there as we endure the loss of a friend and someone, we considered family on May 24, 2020 when we lost Trooper George Baker. It was hard to wrap my head around as a friend and outsider looking in. I was heartbroken for Heather, Harper, and his family. I have watched as my friend had to lay her husband to rest and watch his beautiful daughter, Harper lose her daddy way too soon. As a bystander I have seen how amazing this brother hood of first responders is. They stepped in to help Heather and Harper anyway they could, and it has been utterly amazing to see. I want to help George’s family honor his memory and give selflessly and continue to keep his memory alive. I want to help build this organization so one day Harper can look back and see what an amazing man her daddy was and how strong her mommy is by taking the most heart-breaking tragedy and turning it in to something truly good that will live on and continue to give back long after the dust settles.
Baker was my co-pilot during the most intense 20 weeks of our law enforcement lives. L-36 A Warrior’s Way Foundation carries on his legacy and his core values. To do for others who may not be able to do for themselves. To step in during, what could be, someone’s worse day and “we are here, and we have your back”. The foundation embodies the true heart of a servant mantra that all first responders live by and continues the service Baker started in the Marine Corp and finished with the Louisiana State Police.
George came into my life in 2008, where he was working at Greensburg Police Department with my brother Lee. In 2010 I started my law enforcement career, over the years working side by side with George. We became friends as working in a rural area officers relied upon their partners and neighboring agencies. After the birth of my son and taking a hiatus from law enforcement, George and I were both working patrol at St. Helena Sheriff’s Office. During this period of time, George and I were partners and we became very close. His untimely death has had impacts beyond what you could possibly imagine. George was always that person that did everything he could to help someone. He was a giving soul and did so even after his death. This foundation means so much to me as I want to be a part of keeping his legacy alive. I look forward to all of the great things this foundation will do to carry on Trooper George Bakers memory.
Coming from a family of first responders, a paramedic myself, I see first-hand the small sacrifices that first responders make daily. While most of America enjoys birthdays, holidays, family gatherings etc. first responders are at work, putting others safety and well-being first. The job takes a physical, mental, and emotional tole that’s often very well hidden by the uniform. Seeing the outpouring of love and support for George’s family in their darkest moments, I’m honored to be part of an organization that’s able to give back to those in need.
I first met George when he was a Deputy with the St. Helena Sherriff’s office. I remember upon first meeting thinking that he had the right heart to be a Trooper. I had no doubt when I heard he applied, that he would make it. George was the ultimate public servant. I am privileged to be a part of L36 A Warriors Way foundation, and the giving back to other first responder families that suffer loss. A true testament to George’s life and a continuation of the dedicated servant he was. His wife, taking her heartbreak and turning it into a legacy that will remain long after George is gone, I am so proud to be a part of it.
I am honored to serve as a board member for the L36 A Warriors Way organization. George Baker was not only family, but he was my friend. I spent many holidays and family gatherings with George. I can’t recall a time when we were together that he didn’t tell some crazy story that happened while he was on duty. He loved talking about his career and was proud to serve as a Louisiana State Trooper. He gave the ultimate sacrifice when he lost his life in the line of duty, leaving behind his wife and young daughter. L36 A Warriors Way is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to first responder’s families that also made the ultimate sacrifice. There is no better way to honor George and keep his memory alive than to be a part of L36 A Warriors Way.
George Baker, my true and loyal friend, was an obedient servant to our state and my home parish. He gave selflessly of his time and his heart. I am humbled to serve in George’s memory by doing exactly what he did best…giving back!