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

Mario, You always do the right thing, your integrity is unquestionable. You were always there when I needed you. I'm so sorry I couldn't get to you on time. You were a dedicated trainer and mentor of our new officers. Even in your your death, you will be a shining example for all of us to follow. You didn't give up, you fought the good fight and I'm sure you know that you saved lives that day and your influence will continue to save the lives of the officers you have trained. God bless you and your family, we've got the watch now, you can rest in peace. Jerry

Sgt. Emert
UCF Police

September 27, 2005

Mario was a great guy who did a great job here at UCF. He was always joking around with us and had a smile on his face. Even though I didn't see him often, when I did, he always had time to say hello. He is missed by all of us.

To those who say "it's just underage drinking" who knows how many lives may have been saved by one of us stopping one of you from killing somebody because we got to you before you got to drive and wreak havoc. Mario's death was not in vein. He did the job he was hired to do. We will all learn from this experience.

To the officer who shot Mario...I feel for you too. I know this wasn't your intent and I can see how it could happen to any one of us. Like I said, we will all learn from this horrible mistake.

God bless you Mario...you're home safe now.

Officer Jeannette Emert
UCFPD

September 27, 2005

I will never forget the many hours we worked together. It was some of the best times I've ever had in my law enforcement career. I have many memories of you lodged in my head that I will never, ever forget. You always had a good hearted comment for everything. I really feel that I have lost a true brother. To Val, Karen and myself send our most heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Please let us know if you need anything at all.

Mario, you will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace brother.

D/S Sam Hensley
Orange County Sheriffs Office

September 27, 2005

Mario:
Thank you. Thank you for setting the standard I try to live up to for professionalism, dedication, loyalty, and bravery. Thank you for taking the time to train me to be the best officer I could be. Thank you for being a good offier, a good person, and a good friend when it was needed, and even when it wasn't. Thank you for the good times on duty, the coffee runs, the "roustings," and the times just spend trading stories. Most of all, thank you for your unending bravery and drive to better this world. Your sacrifice shall be remembered forever, for it was a hero's goodbye. Rest in Peace, brother. We'll take it from here.

-"Pampers"

Ofc. Ryan Pampe
University of Central Florida Police Department

September 27, 2005

If I had known it was going to be the last time I spoke with you, I would have thought of something better to say. God speed my brother, you will always be missed and loved.

Ofc. Clement Punter (motor)
U.C.F.P.D

September 27, 2005

Rest in peace brother, we got it from here.

Police Officer
N. Palm Beach PD

September 27, 2005

You and your family are in our prayers. May God watch over you, your family and co-workers. Rest in peace, brother.

Orlando Police Officer
Orlando Police

September 27, 2005

Thanks for your service and sacrifice brother. May you rest in peace and May peace be with your family. You will always be remembered and loved by all of those who have worn Blue.

Officer Kieffer

September 27, 2005

I am so sorry this had to happen to you. Rest in peace, brother.

Deputy Sheriff
San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, CA

September 26, 2005

My prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow officers. This is a great loss to all.

Sgt Dion Shockley
Fayetteville Police Dept.

September 26, 2005

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Jenkins.
Law enforcement officers around the world are all "one big family", and the pain of this tragic incident is felt by us all.
My heart goes out to the OPD officer involved, words cannot express how difficult a time this must be for you.

R.I.P Officer Jenkins, thinking of you and the inspiration you leave behind.

PC ANDY BUCK
Greater Manchester Police, UK

September 26, 2005

Your dedication will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, we have the watch now.

Officer R. Kopczewski
Ohio State University Police

September 26, 2005

I arrived at work to hear the news that another brother had fallen but I did not hear the name. I went through the day as a FTO teaching my trainee as I normally would emphasizing officer safety. It was not until I got home and looked up the news article on the net that I saw it was Mario. Tomorrow my lessons to my trainee will take on a special urgency. Mario and I went through the academy together. We had a great time and came out with great stories. Although I had not talked to Mario in a long time I would always ask Rich how Mario was doing and what he was up to. It was easy to see how proud Rich was of him. I was too. I know he was living his dream. Good things came Mario's way for good reason. He was a representation of the best of what our profession has to offer. I would like Mario's family (both by blood and the badge) to know that as Mario served in life so his memory will be served by the example he set and the lessons that are learned from his sacrifice. Mario, may the passion with which you served, the love and care for family which you gave, and the joy that you spread be remembered and practiced by those whose lives you touched. The pain of your passing will last for a while but the smiles you gave us and the spirit of your service will be with us always. You served your country, your community, your family, and it was an honor to know you. To your wife and family may you be comforted by your faith and the support from your extended family. To those who worked with Mario and the other officer involved my prayers are for your peace, strength, and forgiveness.

Officer Darin Gentry
University of Florida Police Department

September 26, 2005

This is a sad sad situation. I have worked many football games in Nashville, TN and this same thing could happen anywhere. Agencies working special events must know who is doing what at the game, no secret squirl stings. Most games like the one in Florida use multiple agencies and mistaken idenity should always be a concern in planning these type of stings.

Chief Of Police
Watertown Tennessee

September 26, 2005

What's to say Brother. How does one explain such tradgeties. The tradgety covers both sides for both are victims of an incident that never should have occured. There remains much suffering on both sides. Rest in Peace and know your loved ones are not alone for we are but a phone call away.

Bob Johnson VA-VI

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights International Police Assn.

September 26, 2005

May God be with your family and friends!

Erin

September 26, 2005

Rest easy brother.

Police Officer 2 Mike Wilhelm
The George Washington University Police Department

September 26, 2005

To the family of Ofc.Jenkins my deepest sympathy. This was truly a tragic accident, and Ofc. Jenkins will be sincerely missed by all. As I assisted on scene, I could only pray that what I was hearing was incorrect. As the reality began to set in and I was still required to preform my police duties, I stood at the hospital wanting to express my sorrow to you, but knowing it was not the time. So now I shed my tears, I am so sorry for your loss. Along with all of my brothers and sisters we pray for you and your family. My prays are extended to the Orlando Police officer, as my tears are for you too.

Orlando Police Officer
Orlando Police Dept.

September 26, 2005

Hey Doc,

We miss you dearly. Unfortunately, sometimes you don't really realize how much you truly care about someone and how much they affect your life and the lives around you until they are gone. I want to thank you for those little moments and memories that we have shared and that I will carry with me for eternity.

Without you, I wouldn't be the "shoe".

It was an honor to be your first trainee and to serve with you. Your dedication to duty was unmatchable.

We will FOREVER remember you and honor you for your sacrifice. Don't you worry, we are here for Valarie in any way she needs us.

Proudly look down upon us as we celebrate your life and carry on in your name.

...and don't you worry I'll remember to "put the evidence in the car, Junior!"

Shoot-Move-Communicate

Shoe

Ofc. Adam "Shoe" Casebolt
University of Central Florida Police Department

September 26, 2005

My deepest condolences go out to Officer Jenkins family and friends. I hope that Officer Jenkins can rest in peace. I am sure he served his community well and will surely be missed.

Officer Steve Cosner
Miami Beach Police Department

September 26, 2005

May God bless Officer Jenkins, his family and friends.

Res. Jeremy Benjamin
Easley Police Dept
Grandson of Tommy Fox
Lexington County Sheriffs Department
EOW: 08/22/1970

Res. Jeremy Benjamin
Easley Police Department, SC

September 26, 2005

My heart breaks for your family. I know the pain they are feeling but can't imagine some of the other feelings they are sure to have. They will be in my prayers as will the other officer involved. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and carry you through this terrible tragedy and help you forgive the other officer. I pray that one day you can show him your forgiveness. Always think of what Mario would want you to do. God bless you.

Denise
Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor

September 26, 2005

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

September 26, 2005

To the family and friends of Officer Mario Jenkins and his fellow officers with the University of Central Florida Police Department:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Officer Jenkins was so tragically killed. This was a horrific event for everyone involved and for both agencies.
Our hearts go out to you during this most difficult time.

May you be comforted by the caring and support of your law enforcement community and other police survivors.
Our family grieves with you and for you.
We share your anquish as our beloved Larry Lasater was fatally shot this past April during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers. Know that the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement will be with you each step of this journey.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the loved ones of Officer Jenkins and also with the Orlando officer who has to be devastated by these awful circumstances.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Officer Jenkins gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 24, 2005.

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

September 26, 2005

My heart and prayers are with the
family, friends and coworkers of Officer Jenkins. May God bless you all in this terrible time of loss. You are now a blue angel, RIP.....

We Shall Remember while the light last,
and in the darkness we shall not forget

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bartow, FL

September 26, 2005

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