JPD Officer Bruce Jacob Honored - - Jackson, MS

JPD Officer Bruce Jacob Honored

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now)- A Jackson police officer killed when he was hit by a car on Interstate 55 in July was honored by a group that helped him through one of the most difficult times of his life. Officer Bruce Jacob was remembered for his service to the community and for helping children without families.

The widow of Officer Bruce Jacob says it is still too hard to talk about him.   Those who knew Jacob when he was a teenager say he overcame a history of abuse and neglect. He got help from Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth.

"When we lost him in July in the line of duty as a Jackson Police Officer, we grieved and we still grieve tonight. But we know Bruce is in a good place", Sue Cherney, the Executive Director for Southern Christian Services told us.

Southern Christian Services is celebrating it's 25th anniversary at the Bottom Line for Kids program. But the night was also about remembering Officer Jacob who was cared for in one of its group homes.

"Bruce had a very good job working in construction, and was well paid and built his house, married Jennifer and was doing great but something called him to go into the police force cause he wanted to make things better for the community", said Cherney.

The Hands of Providence Award was presented to Jennifer Jacob by Mississippi's First Lady Deborah Bryant. Those who support foster children, adoption efforts and adoptive families say Officer Jacob was an example of what happens when children get the help they need.

"Knowing that he grew up in our organization made such a difference not only in his life, his family's life but the lives of the folks in this community. And its so sad that we lost him but what a legacy he leaves for us", Karen Carlisle, of Carlisle Corporation said.

Jennifer Jacob did not want to talk with us on camera.   With tears she accepted the award and did say she understands how the support of Southern Christian Services made all the difference in her late husband's life.

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