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Police Officer II James Rex Jensen, Jr.

Oxnard Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, March 13, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer II James Rex Jensen, Jr.

Officer Jensen,
On today, the 25th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

March 13, 2021

Rest in peace Officer II Jensen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 1, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 13, 2018

Hey Jim, you were an amazing person. You were a very enthusiastic and a very dedicated officer. Someone who paid attention to detail and really cared about your fellow officers. For a few evening & graveyard shifts, you were my beat partner. I remember playing in a softball tournament with you, Randy and the others up north. I had a good time. You were even kind enough to helped me stay awake during those dead hours on graveyard after I played all day at a women's softball tournament. Thank you for all your help. You're a Hero. Semper Fi. Rest in Peace.

Debbie Gorzycki
Oxnard P.D. Retired

July 5, 2017

Jim it has Been 20 years ago tomorrow and still miss you like it was yesterday , the impact you had on the boys that we coached will last a life time as all the memories that we had doing that will stay with me and the boys forever,miss you.


March 13, 2016

I have so many memories of my brother in law Jim, but one of my favorites was when my sister, his wife and I first met Jim when he was A Marine MP. I told my sister that night as we were standing around the bonfire that she was going to marry him someday. Jim was always there for our family. He was the son my parents never had and the brother we girls never had. He was a father to my daughter and always was there no matter what. The last thing he said to me a day before he was killed was "You never know Lis, I could go out tomorrow and get hit by a bus!" How ironic huh? Did he sense something? I will always and forever miss him. It will always seem like yesterday that I got the phone call. I will never understand how someone shoots someone 3 times in the back at close range that is an expert and a 16 year veteren and say it was an "accident" Something is wrong with this picture!! Or am I the only one who thinks that?

Lisa Lopez-McCutchen
Washington State Department of Corrections....sister in law to Jim

November 4, 2012

i found this today and relived the day............i love you jim and miss you..wish you were here to share family has been an eternity since you left . your girls are perfect in my eyes as well as jenny. thank you for the birds churping...

jodi mascaro

September 28, 2012

Thank You Jimmy, your kindness will never be forgotton. You gave me your baseball mitt and baseball cards, I don't have them anymore, but your smile will forever be in my heart.

Rachelle Smith
Childhood Friend

June 2, 2012

This day is forever in my memories.

Sandi Dawson
VPD Communications Operator (1989-1997)

March 19, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Jensen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 13, 2010

Dear Officer Jensen, Today is the 13th anniversary of your tragic and untimely death. I want to let you know that your always in our prayers and we wish your wife and daughter the best


March 13, 2009



April 8, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 5, 2007

Thinking of you on the 11th anniversary of your EOW.
This is a real tragedy for all who knew you and for those who had to watch this. I'm so sad for both of your families. Thanks for your service altho noone intended for it to end this way.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

March 13, 2007

To Officer James Rex Jensen Jr. and his loved ones:

On this the tenth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

I am sure that many tears have been shed by many people and that many souls have been forever seared. Sacrifice comes in many forms. None of them easy.

Officer Jensen, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Jensen

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Jenssen gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 13, 1996.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 14, 2006

I just learned of your tragic death in a training class today. As a tactical officer it hits home. Rest in peace brother, I will never forget your story.

Wisconsin LEO

December 8, 2005

The incident that took you from your family has haunted me from the moment I heard about it. As a SWAT cop I know the that things can happen. I pray for your family who pays the price everyday.I hope the pain has eased for the team member that shot you my heart goes out for him.

September 3, 2004

God bless you for your service and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

St. Louis City Police

August 29, 2004

When Jim first graduated from the academy, he work for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. I was working in the jail at the time and he was my trainee. I still remember how he was always cracking jokes! It was hard for him to keep a straight face! Jim's death was hard because there was no one to place the blame on. It was a horrible accident. Everyone lost.

Sr. Deputy Janice Morrill
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

November 29, 2003

Rest in peace blue angel.

I was an Oxnard Police Officer for 7 years before I left in 1996. Jim and I were in the academy together when he was with the Ventura County Sheriffs Dept. I used to kid him that I'd be his FTO when he lateralled to the OPD. That came true in a way when his FTO was sick and he rode with me for the night. Jim died the day after my 28th birthday and just two weeks after I had left the department. He and I went to SWAT school together and he was later killed in a SWAT operation. I will miss you Jim and have since that horrible phone call I got the that day in 1996. I have Jim's memorial band as a reminder and will always remember the kind of cop, father and husband he was. Rest in Peace.

Your friend,

Dave Hawtin

Traffic Inv. David Hawtin
Brentwood Police Dept TN

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