An open letter: Thank you, PoliceOne
From one simple request, I learned even more than what I thought I knew about the law enforcement brotherhood
By Lieutenant Jeff Jensen
Doug, I wanted to send a quick note of thanks for the overwhelming and unbelievable response — from what started as a simple request — from your readers and public servants throughout the world.
In June of 2013, our family home — along with nearly 500 others — was lost to a forest fire that occurred in Black Forest, Colorado.
Thankfully, our family was safe — as were our family pets, which were rescued by a family friend.
My son and I were camping out of state, my daughter was with friends away from home, and my wife, who works with our local 911 center, was working diligently as the fire quickly spread.
When she was able to leave work, she raced home, but it was too late. The yard and home were already on fire, with officers directing her to quickly flee to safety. Unfortunately, a couple that lived nearby died in the fire.
Reduced to Ashes
Colorado Springs Police Department Detective Jared Jensen was shot and killed apprehending a wanted fugitive.
Kyle was initially given patches from officers who attended Jared’s funeral service.
Then he was given even more when our family attended Police Week in Washington, D.C. the following year — when Jared’s name was etched in the National Law Enforcement’s Memorial wall.
Following the fire, I sent a quick message to a few friends asking if they had any spare patches to please send them to Kyle so we could begin his collection again, so he would have a small piece of what he lost.
From that simple request, I learned even more than what I thought I knew about the law enforcement brotherhood.
In our family’s time of need surrounding and since Jared’s death, they were there. What I learned, though, is that this bond extends to all public servants throughout the world.
Following an article on PoliceOne by Editor in Chief Doug Wyllie, the request for patches was responded to worldwide. Kyle has received thousands of patches, coins, pins, shirts, hats, and even badges from all across the globe from fire, police, paramedics, and military personnel.
To watch his and the faces of our family and extended family, who often open the letters and packages together, is priceless. The best part though is reading the personal notes, letters, and stories that accompany these gifts. The well wishes, condolences and encouragement will help shape a young man whose experience living in a law enforcement family and living the events surrounding Jared’s death can sometimes be filled with sorrow and stories with unhappy endings.
Thank You All
• Be thankful for those you have around you
To Kyle and our family, it mattered immensely.
Thank you again, and please be safe.
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