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Police department rallies behind fallen officer's widow who lost her husband, father and son

"I don't want anyone to forget my husband. ... to me it feels like it was yesterday," Corp. Myron A. Jarrett's wife Sacha said


By Perry A. Farrell
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT —  Last Oct. 28, Sacha Jarrett kissed her husband of 17 years, Corp. Myron A. Jarrett, goodbye. She told him she loved him and said she'd see him later.

She didn't know that the man she'd loved since their days at Detroit Southeastern High School, the father of her four children, wouldn't be coming home that night.

Jarrett was killed by a hit and run driver while on duty. He had served in the Detroit Police Department since Nov. 21, 2008.

"The last thing I said to him was 'I love you,' because he said he loved me like he always did," his wife said. "He said he'd call me if he was working overtime, and he left.

"It was a normal day. Nothing was out of the ordinary. That night, he was dead."

If the death of her husband wasn't devastating enough, Jarrett unexpectedly lost her 16-year-old son, Cameron, in July this year after burying her father, Gregory Moore, a month earlier after a brief illness.

"I don't know what's going on; I hope nothing else happens," she said."It has been a lot to deal with."

Nearly a year after Myron Jarrett's death, his family is still top of mind for Detroit Police. The department, along with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, held a fund-raiser for the Jarrett family last December. Another one is scheduled for Oct. 26 at They Say Restaurant, 267 Joseph Campau on the city's west side.

"They just wanted me to know that the community is rallying around me," Jarrett said. "I don't want anyone to forget my husband. ... to me it feels like it was yesterday."

The goal is awareness and support.

"We don't want people to forget about him,'' said homicide Det. Khary Mason. "It's a fund-raiser for the Jarrett family. Myron Jarrett's career provided a certain amount of financial support for the family and his loss took away the support he was able to give to the family, not to mention his presence in raising the children."

Jarrett, 41, has been besieged with love from family and friends. The stay-at-home mom has helped son Christian, 22, and daughters Caitlin, 18, and Cassidy, 5, through the tragedy.

Caitlin graduated in June from Roseville High School and still isn't coping well with her father's death.

"Obviously, he wasn't there for her graduation,'' said Sacha. "I'm going to give her time to get it together (before going to college). It was rough on her.

Jarrett said she's spoken with a therapist, who said the tougher days could be ahead for Cassidy.

"She knows her dad isn't coming back," Jarrett said. "I don't think she really understands. From what I hear, it's not going to hit her until later in life; maybe by the time she's seven or eight.. I'm not going to let her forget about him."

Losing the other two men in her life was equally as painful.

"With the sudden passing of my 16-year-old son ... He was special needs," she said. "He couldn't walk or talk. It just happened in one day. He wasn't a sickly child. He was a happy boy, and he just passed away all of a sudden. It was weird.

"I'm managing, it has been rough."

She's still trying to process everything that's happened.

"I have been through a lot the last 11 months," she said. "Everything just happened so fast. My husband was an officer for eight years. He was going to work and coming home every day. He dedicated his life to the city of Detroit."

In August Steven Guzina, 55, was sentenced to 16 to 26 years for second-degree murder in Jarrett's death. He was also sentenced to 10 to 15 years for operating under the influence and 10 to 15 years for not stopping at the scene of an accident.

Jarrett's tragic death was one of three, Detroit police officials said, occurred over the last year.

Detroit police officers, Sgt. Kevin Miller and Sgt. Kenneth Steil died in the line of duty. Others have been seriously injured and are recuperating, unable to work.

In support of their fallen comrades, Detroit police organize fund-raisers and help the families as much as they can.

While the family collects benefits from the police department and the city of Detroit, nothing replaces a husband, father and friend.

"There's nothing you can tell anyone to prepare them for that kind of shock," Jarrett said. "All I can tell people is pray every day that your loved one comes back to you."

Nothing can replace Myron Jarrett for his family, but his memory is always with them.

His badge is proudly displayed in the family living room.

"He loved his family," Jarrett said. "They called him Salt and Pepper because he had the little gray coming in the hair and the beard. "He was just a good man."

Copyright 2017 Detroit Free Press

 

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