Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Mario Roberto Jenkins

University of Central Florida Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Reflections for Corporal Mario Roberto Jenkins

I met Mario in the Fall of 2000 when we were police recruits together in Gainesville, FL. We worked together through the academy in both the physcial aspects and the academic. Mario, who was my class sergeant, was always there encouraging the recruits to do their best and to keep on it. Mario left for Clermont PD while I remained working with the Gainesville PD. We would talk from time to time and share stories. When Mario transfered to UCFPD and made the ERT I was proud. Although recently our conversations on the phone were not as often as either of us would have preferred, to hear from another friend in law enforcement that Mario lost his life on duty was a shock. I did not believe it until I read it on the net and I still have a hard time grasping the reality of the situation. When I saw the picture of Mario and his K9 I knew what he meant in a message he had left me that he had "something he has to show me". To Val and Richard, there is nothing any of us can say that will make this better and for your loss I am truly sorry. Having lost a good friend and the community of Orlando a great officer, I can say with pride that Mario is protecting us from above and on Saturday, regretfully, I will be priveleged to honor Mario and his life and career with a 21 gun salute. Rest in peace brother and protect us.

Officer Jeffrey Shaw
Gainesville Police Department

September 29, 2005

Mario, when I last spoke with you, I never would have thought it would be the last time I would get to do so. There are so many things I wish I could have said to you. I will always consider you a true friend and I will never forget you.

God has a special place for you Mario. My prayer's go with you and your family.

"Simper Militas" - Always a warrior.

Deputy J.D. Azula
Putnam County S.O.

September 29, 2005

It was such a shock to hear of what happened, it is still surreal to me. You were a very kind and caring person. I will always remember the times that you would sit in dispatch and talk to me, and how everytime you saw me you would always ask "how's the little one". I know you are in a better place now, watching over us. To Valerie, Mario always talked about you, I had the pleasure of meeting you for the first time on thursday when he brought you in. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling right now. You have a family here for you whenever you need anything. May God bless you and give you peace through this times.

Rebeca Martinez/UCFPD Dispatcher
University of Central Florida

September 29, 2005

fidelis ad mortem, brother, rest in peace we will all miss you.

September 29, 2005

It was a terrible day on this earth but for you it is great. For you are in heaven with the Lord who has watched over you since you were born. We never will understand why things happen the way they do but know this... I pray for the comfort of your family, your friends, your police department, and the University of Central Florida everyday. Your dedication to protecting students like me does not go unappreciated. I weep for the loss of a great individual and hope that your days with the Lord are great. Thank you Officer Jenkins.... Thank you.


Andy Turner
Student UCF

September 29, 2005

Mario, you touched a lot of lives during your short time here at Clermont. You always portrayed true integrity in every aspect of your life. Our agency suffered a great loss when you left and UCF gained a great officer. Our prayers go out to Valerie and the rest of your family. We honor the life you lived.

Pam Brown / Communications
Clermont Police Dept

September 29, 2005

Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
You were trying to keep the peace, that day and your entire career. You are blessed by the Lord for your commitment brother, now go to your reward.

Detective Corporal Jim Vachon
Lake County Sheriff's Office

September 29, 2005

Dear Officer Jenkins: Thank you for your example of dedication to duty and willingness to share your vision and expertise. Thank you for your good humor and your devotion to your fellow officers and your family. Thank you for being willing to put yourself between those who scorn the law and those who know that without law there would be chaos. You will be greatly missed by those who knew and worked with you and by those whose lives you touched with your death. A man of honor, a hero. Thank you.

Martha Darcey, Civilian, Mother

September 29, 2005

Mario
I have countless great memories of times spent with you. Though I get tearful everytime I think of one of those happy memories, I feel so grateful to have each of them. To those that didn't know you, I tell them, with all of my heart, that you were an extraordinary officer, friend, and person, that brought a smile to everybodys face, and always did the right thing.
When our tears slow down soon, we will celebrate you and your life, with some Jimmy Buffett and some cold beverages. We will never forget you.

Sergeant Derrick P. Stockdreher
UCFPD

September 28, 2005

May God Bless your family and give them the strength to carry on. May God also bless the other Officer involved. I know he would gladly change places. Thank you for all of your years of bravery. God Bless.

Lisa
Civilian

September 28, 2005

Our hearts and thoughts are with your family, friends, and officers of both departments.

Chief Gregory D. Turley
Pell City Police Department

September 28, 2005

I never met you, but I can't stop thinking about you. As a person widowed at a very young age and the daughter of a former police officer, this brings back strong memories of loss and even worse fears of future losses. It is such a sacrifice that those who serve and protect make, as well as those who love them and risk losing them every day.

I cannot begin to thank you enough for what you did during your short time on earth, though I know it was more than most people do in their entire lives. I can't begin to express the empathy I feel for Valerie, as I know how surreal this week feels for her. I can't begin to tell you how many wonderful things I have heard about you from James and from other officers... but most importantly, I can't begin to imagine the number of people impacted by this situation and the effect it undoubtedly had on so many young students. I have no doubt that there will be lives saved and forever changed and that they will be owed to the memory of what you were trying to accomplish Saturday. You have left an incredible mark on this world and I know that is what you officers live for. Mission accomplished.

I wish you peace and I wish your wife, family and brothers in blue all of the comfort possible in the time ahead.

Gladys deJesus-Smith
Girlfriend of UCF Detective/Corporal James Mangan

September 28, 2005

Rest in peace Officer Jenkins. You are a true HERO. You will not be forgotten.


Arizona Highway Patrol

September 28, 2005

Our thoughts & prayers go out to your family, and fellow officers at the UCF Police Dept. Rest in Peace Officer Jenkins.

Employee/ MCSO
Marion County Sheriff's Office

September 28, 2005

What an absolute tragedy, your dedication and sacrifice should not be in vain. I hope your family, friends, and fellow officers celebrate what you represented. Thank you for your service, rest easy brother.

Special Agent
DHS-ICE / San Diego

September 28, 2005

Officer Jenkins I did not have the honor of meeting you, but what I have read of you it makes me proud to say I am a Police Officer who works at a University. Your hard work and dedication to the University of Central Florida will not be forgotten. The sacrifice you have made will continue to save lives of others. I would like to thank you for everything you have done for the citizens of Florida. From your Brothers and Sisters in Blue down in Miami.

Officer Allen Lowe
Florida International University Police

September 28, 2005

Your tragic accident will make us all pause and better prepare for future duel agency exercises.We know there is a special place in heaven for police officers. I hope to meet you there some day. May the Good Lord hold you in the Palm of His Hands.

Chief Lionel A. Cote
Satellite Beach Police Department

September 28, 2005

Mario, it was such a shock to check my phone messages and hear the news of your death. There will always be a void at the department that can never be fill. Your dedication and professionalism set an example for everyone to follow. ERT training will never be the same, but I know that you will be looking over our shoulder and will always be there in our heart.
Tony

Cpl Anthony Chronister
University of Central Florida

September 28, 2005

May peace be with you and your family. You were a true hero.

A fellow K-9
Ofc. Rosenthal

K-9 Officer
Ormond Beach Police

September 28, 2005

OFC JENKINS, MY FAMILY AND FELLOW OFFICERS OFFER NOTHNG BUT OUR PRAYERS IN REGARDS TO THIS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT. I WAS ONE OF THE OFFICERS FIRST ON SEEN AND WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD POSSIBLY DO, EVEN AFTER THE EMT'S, ARRIVED. I WAS THERE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY TO TRAUMA ROOM AND WAS HELPING AND PRAYING.FINALLY I CRIED BECAUSE OF ALL OF OUR LOSS, YOUR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITTY AND MY ALMA MATER IS GREATLY APPREACIATED. HEARTFELT SORROW GO OUT TO ALL AGENCIES AND THEIR FAMLIES.

OFC 1ST CLASSD
ORLANDO POLICE

September 28, 2005

Officer Jenkins, my thoughts & prayers are with your family. May God give your wife strenght to make it through such a tragedy. Times are dark now, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. God will help heal the wounds. Officer Jenkins please continue to watch your family and friends from above.

Judy Park
OCSO -James Weaver EOW 11/24/03

September 28, 2005

To the family and friends Of Police Officer Mario Jenkins, I also lost someone so special to me words alone can't explain. Like others have told me about my father stays true for Officer Jenkins, his watch is over and his brothers will take over now. God bless and I hope what little streigth I have left can help you get through this hard time.

- Daniel C. Madrid
Son of SA Daniel P. Madrid EOW 9-24-2005

Son of SA Dan Madrid EOW 9-24-2005
DHS

September 28, 2005

Miss Me -- But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little--but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me--but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me--But Let me Go!

Officer
Pinellas Park Police Department

September 28, 2005

Mario, out of all the reflections I have left on ODMP, I would have never guessed I would ever be writing one to you. I have typed and erased countless paragraphs… trying to express in writing what exactly it is I am feeling… However, I have come to the realization words will never convey how much you meant to us… and how much you will be missed.

It was just a few days ago that we were talking about the upcoming Gang Investigators Conference. You were so excited about it. I guess many of us are still in shock. I do take solace in knowing that you died doing something you truly believed in… making a difference in the lives of the community you served.

Your death will not be taken lightly by anyone who has ever met you. You had a way to make everyone, in every scenario, laugh and feel at ease. I only wish I could hear one of your quick-witted jokes to feel that way right now.

You will be missed... Fallen... but not forgotten.

Detective/Corporal James Mangan
University of Central Florida Police Dept

September 28, 2005

Mario,

I had the pleasure of conducting your background investigation when you first joined the UCF Police Department. I recall thinking, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great to get a few more officers like you”, but then in the next thought I realized that would not be possible because officers like you are too few and far between. You will be missed and have left an everlasting mark in our agency and our hearts.

Valerie,

I had the pleasure of speaking with you when I was conducting Mario’s background investigation. During that time, I also had the pleasure of hearing the wonderful things your husband said about you. From those conversations, I learned that you both felt very lucky to have each other. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Sgt. Kelli Smith
UCF Police Department

September 28, 2005

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