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Police Officer Julie Rochelle Jacks

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, May 6, 2002

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Reflections for Police Officer Julie Rochelle Jacks

I only met you once but you are part of the reason I am willing to become a police officer. May your memory never be forgotten.

May 26, 2005


I went by to visit your mom at work a couple of weeks ago. She had been on my heart alot and I wanted to see if she was ok. Later that day I was on my way to the United Way building downtown. I always stop by your memorial on my way out because I have more time to talk to you.

I was walking along the street as usual, lost in my own thoughts. It was a beautiful, warm day, but very little sunlight on the sidewalk because of all the trees. All of a sudden I felt so warm, that it made me stop in my tracks. The sun was on me like a spotlight. I looked up and realized I was standing right in front of the memorial. I can't explain it but I was unexplicably drawn over there. I decided to go ahead and visit on my way in. I was just talking quietly, not even sure if it was out loud. I started to walk away and the most beautiful little bird landed on the top of the wall. It was tiny and so colorful. It was literally inches away from me. It just chirped and sang. I couldn't stop crying. It was such a poigniant moment defining for us all that although your voice is silent, you still sing to us everyday.

Lori D

May 25, 2005

Dear Julie,

I remember you asking your Mom while on an airplane if you could take your shoes off and walk on the clouds. What a precious little girl! I think of you everytime I look at the sky. May God's strength sustain your family during the tough weeks ahead. I will love you forever. Judie

May 22, 2005

Well Officer Jacks, as I told you on May 6th, your memory was riding with us today, and what a wonderful day it was. Hundreds of motors rolling into Washington D.C. The line stretched for as far as the eye could see.
I paused for a moment where your name is etched on the wall.
Just wanted to let you know.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

May 14, 2005

I have read all the wonderful reflections about what a good officer and person you are. The day you were taken, a sergeant from my station mentioned that a officer was shot in Chattanooga, and what a fine officer you were. I met a new resident in my patrol zone recently who just moved to Nashville from Chattanooga. During our discussion, your name came up. This person remembered you vividly and told me that you were a highly respected officer. I wish I could have met you. God bless your family and loved ones.

Officer Connie Whitley
Metro Nashville PD

May 9, 2005


Thought I would take the time to drop you a few lines and share with you the things that have been on my mind. You haven't recommended a good movie lately or a new wine to try. I miss that. More than that, I miss you. You haven't let me know of any new projects that you are working on, in fact, the last you shared with me was the new deck on front of the house. Guess you are learning from the master builder now.

You truly did look like an angel on your dad's birthday. You were simply beautiful and had such a glow about you...

...Things have not been the same in this city since you went away. There was a wonderful candlelight vigil in your honor downtown the day after you left. Some man from the police department with a wonderful voice sang "High Upon The Mountain" and it touched every person there. Lots of people you know were there and a lot of people that didn't even know you were there as well. Then a few days later, there was the most beautiful ceremony in your honor...The uniforms were too numerous to count and came from all over the country. An auto dealership in town turned all of the headlights on the cars and people stood all along the road in the rain with their hands on their hearts in honor of you. It was so amazing! Children of all ages were standing in the rain to honor you! They even aired the service so the whole community could be involved and people sat in their offices and homes and joined us. There were doves, the K9 unit and I even saw a horse. They played taps and there was even a twentyone gun salute. As amazing as all of this was--I would rather have you here. I'm not alone in this feeling. I know a lot of people that feel this way. You Dad and I went around to the schools to thank the children for showing such respect.

I've got to tell you though, I am worried about your dad. He is so hurt and sad and still feels you lying on his chest the way you did when you were three! I told you so many times that to your dad, you would always be three! I was with him the day you left and it was such a difficult day.

...I also wanted to let you know that because of the distance between us now that I am very sad because I'll never get to share in the joy of you walking down the isle or in the birth of your children. Just wanted you to know that I'm really going to miss that...

...By the way, I told Ethan that you were watching out for him and that you would for the rest of his life. He doesn't understand everything and neither do I! But, he sure does miss you. His birthday party would have impressed you. There were a lot of children his age there and he had a blast.

You enjoy walking on those clouds!

(original date: 7/26/2002

Life does go on however altered it may be. You didn't have to be a hero to have love and respect from your family and friends.


May 8, 2005

I can't believe it has been three years. My thoughts remain on you and my prayers with your wonderful mom.


May 6, 2005

My dear Jules,
All morning, I have been thinking about May 6, 2002. All was right with the world. It was a beautiful spring day. We both got up as usual, went to work as usual, did our job as usual. Then our usual world changed into a horrible nightmare. You were taken from this world and my world came tumbling down. I miss you so much. Sometimes it still feels like a dream. You can't really be gone...but you are.
Our life goes on...some days are still horrible. When they are bad, I try to re-live in my mind the good days....The trips to the beach to be lazy. The many drives through Mountain Shadows learning to drive a straight shift. You, your sisters & friends watching Grease for the hundredth time. The days we laughed together over lunch at Panera. The phone calls just to say Hi. Watching you play with Ethan & Allie. There are so many wonderful memories. I thank God that He allowed me to be your mother.
All my love....forever

May 6, 2005

Next week I will join the hundreds of police motors as we make our way to the memorial in Washington D.C. during National Police Week.
Just wanted you to know Julie that your memory will be riding along.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

May 6, 2005

Remembering you today and your family.
Lorraine Bond
DKB (1250) EOW: 9.6.01

May 6, 2005

Dear Julie,
I'm thinking of you on the third anniversary of your passing from this world to heaven, with much love, wonderful memories, and great respect for your sacrifice and bravery. According to Jesus, the greatest act of love is to sacrifice one's life for another. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 Comfort is found in knowing that you are basking in the light of God's eternal love with others gone before, without pain or suffering, watching over your loved ones and fellow officers left on this earth.
Love you forever,

May 5, 2005

Dear Julie,
I thought of you alot this week as Barry graduated from the Northeast Georgia Police Academy. I can't believe it has almost been 3 years since you left this world. You are remembered with great respect and love by us all.

April 16, 2005

In loving memory of Julie Jacks: In
a month, it will be 3 years since you left us and I know the pain is still fresh, as our the memories. I was just thinking of her and wanted to check her website. I reread all the reflections and it amazes me what a phenomenal person she is. Someone of her caliber is a rare treasure. This year claimed the life of P. O. Molly Bowden and their lives seem very parallel to me and when they meet, they will have alot in common to share. As I reflect on all who knew and loved Julie, my heart goes out to each and every one of you who still aches for her. May God continue to heal your pain and may you derive much comfort from the sweet memories you cherish of her. With love from one coast of America to the other and everywhere in between.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

April 13, 2005

Julie, I have so many friends in the Chattanooga Police Department, and though I never met you, I feel like I know you. I have seen you through their eyes. You left a permanent imprint on your fellow officers and the world. I have been on several ride alongs in FOX team and it was easy for me to see why you loved it so much. Thank you Julie, you are truly an inspiration.


March 21, 2005

Julie, I think of you often. You have not been forgotten. We all do. We miss you.

Chattanooga Police Department

March 9, 2005

As my eyes fill with tears all I can say is AMAZING. From the reflections left that is exactly the impression one gets about Officer Jacks. She must have been one amazing officer, daughter, sister, and friend to have so many people think so highly of her. My heat truly goes out to her family and fellow officers. I pray that you will continue to find the strength to carry on. Officer Jacks God bless you and may you never be forgotten!

Reserve Deputy Shane Beener
Kitsap County Sheriff's Department (WA)

February 26, 2005

Just wanted to say Hi! I still think about you everyday and miss you very much. I think of your family and pray for God's peace to always be with them. Until we meet again...Love ya!

Inv. Amy Jones #935
Chattanooga Police Department

February 24, 2005

My dearest Julie,
I told a police officer's wife about you today. I told her how brave, smart and kind you are. I tell as many people as I can about you. Barry, Phil and Cindy's son, started the Northeast Georgia Police Academy last week. I know you are proud of him. As I look daily at the picture of you with me at my wedding, I think about what a sweet little girl you were and how much you meant and still mean to me. I miss you and wish I could give you a hug. I love you. Judie

February 17, 2005


Today is your birthday. You would be 29 years old. I MISS YOU SO MUCH!!! You left us with wonderful memories.



February 7, 2005



February 7, 2005

Julie, I did not ever get to meet you but one can't help from feeling like they know you by reading all of the good things written about you.
We unfortunately had lost an outstanding Officer who used to work for our agency. I'm sure you and Chris are walking the golden streets of Heaven sharing old stories.
Thank You for a job well done!!

Officer J. Whitmire #107
City Of Arcade Police Department, GA.

January 11, 2005

Julie, You will always be missed and hardly a day goes by without you in my thoughts. I know that you are looking down and watching over all of us who are left. I miss our talks and I miss your friendship. Your sister in blue, Janice

Sgt. Janice Atkinson
Chattanooga Police Department

December 26, 2004


Here it is, the third Christmas without you. We miss you so much. Your sisters turned 26 on December 15th. That is how old you were when you were killed. They miss you so much. Ethan and Allie are growing up. Ethan is so tall. Allie is now in kindergarten. You would be so proud of them. We remember the fun times we all had together. You are in our thoughts daily.

I know life goes on, that's the way it is supposed to be, but at times I feel so guilty being alive. You had so much much much to live for. You were so full of eager to live and enjoy each day. You had so many hopes and dreams that will never be realized. You'll never have the chance to be a wife or a mother. Life sometimes seems so unfair.

Enough of the crying....I know you're safe in God's keeping. I am so thankful that He let me have you as my daughter for 26 years. I MISS YOU SO MUCH !!!

All my love to you


December 21, 2004

Dear Julie, God Bless you and know that you are not forgotten. Please say hello to Deputy Brandy Windfield for me. If you need a friend they don't come any nicer.

Deputy Jeff Bessinger
Delaware County Sheriffs Office-Ohio

December 14, 2004

I watched your funeral that day at work and was so moved by the outpouring of love that was shown for you. As I was at work I cried for you too, a person who I only ever saw in passing. The Willie Nelson song played was so appropriate. It has stuck in my mind since that day. I would love to have a copy of it and it would always remind me of your courage. Thank you so very much!

December 14, 2004

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