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Deputy Sheriff Jacob Matthew Pickett

Boone County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, March 5, 2018

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Jacob Matthew Pickett

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

March 5, 2020

Boone country K9 unit 626 ended his watch on march 5 2018 we will never forget his dedicated service Boone country K9 unit 626 your tour of duty has ended we have the watch from here Boone country K9 unit 626 you are 10-7 10-42 authority sheriff Boone country 16:41 hours

aaron madden

March 5, 2020

Deputy's widow starts organization to honor late husband, help others

Jennifer Pickett is honoring her late husband the best way she can — by serving the community.

Posted on February 15, 2020 Goshen News

The outpouring of help was so great after her husband’s death two years ago that she learned how even small gestures add up to ease burdens.

Jennifer and friends launched the non-profit Jacob Pickett Response Organization in January.

“Our mission is to help with the financial tolls brought on by life’s traumatic events for other law enforcement families,” Jen, as she prefers to be called, said this week.

Her husband, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett, died in the line of duty in March 2018 in Lebanon.

The community rallied to support Jen and their two children. People and companies donated to a memorial fund. A lawn care service volunteered its services for a year after Jake’s passing, but that’s just a small example of the outpouring of community care she received.

“After losing Jake, I had a lot of resources available to me because he was killed in the line of duty,” she said. “While it was still very hard, and still is very hard losing Jake, the little things added up to easing the burden a little bit. There was a huge outpouring, and I’m grateful.

“I had a feeling that I somehow wanted to use my tragic experience for something more positive, and I really didn’t know what that would look like, or if I would even find it.”

Then her friend, Amanda Farinella, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in October, and the idea for the non-profit Jacob Pickett Response Organization was born.

Amanda’s husband, Joe Farinella, and Jake were sworn in together as Tipton County Sheriff’s Deputies in 2013 before Jake joined the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, and Joe and Jake worked together. Both were K9 officers.

“First, I was devastated for her family,” Jen said, adding, “Jake always responded and helped others. My mantra has been #respondlikejake." It's also the organization's mantra.

"Jake would have dropped everything to support them any way he could, and he should be here to do that, but he’s not," she said. "We want to continue that legacy of responding to others and what they need.

“This is a great way for my two little boys to learn about who he was … And really, it’s who Jake and I were together. We were involved in a lot of community service together.”

Their sons are now 5 and 6 years old.

The Jacob Pickett Response Organization, which Jen hopes will involve the entire community, will support law enforcement families facing a variety of traumatic circumstances, such as an illness, death, fire, or anything in between.

Because needs will vary by situation, the organization will act as a central hub for those who want to provide aid.

“We want to be able to raise funds and facilitate other support, whether it be from community members or companies,” she said.

Those who want to be involved can visit the website to learn about the Farinella family and to help. Amanda Farinella is undergoing chemotherapy to prevent further spread of her cancer.

The Farinellas have asked for specific aid, including gymnastics and basketball camps for their two elementary-school aged daughters. But those who want to help them may volunteer any number services or donate money at the website.

Proceeds from the second Deputy Jacob Pickett Remembrance Day on March 7 will benefit the Farinellas.

Events will be similar to last year’s remembrance day, but “last year’s was more about honoring Jake and bringing some closure and just bringing the community together,” Jen said, adding, “This one will again be honoring Jake, but also we will unveil the organization and support the Farinella family and take the darkness of that senseless tragedy and turn it into something good.

“I want people to come to the event. I want them to check us out online and on Facebook. What I really want people to know, from my personal experience, is that every little bit of help – no matter how small – means a lot. The organization is to facilitate and to pull us all together to make a difference, whether that’s simply sharing posts of Facebook, ordering a T-shirt … every little bit helps.”

The Jacob Pickett Response Organization is comprised of all volunteers, including Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen and a committee of about 10 people who are helping plan Remembrance Day.

To learn more about the organization, to donate a silent auction item, or to donate to the Farinellas, visit the website at Jake’s police call number was 626.

Mail may be sent to The Jacob Pickett Response Organization, P.O. Box 460, Zionsville, IN 46007.

Retired Police Officer

February 16, 2020

Thank you for your bravery and dedication to protecting us civilians from such a dangerous person. You not only gave your life but also made life possible for others by donating that which you no longer needed to sustain you. Love and generosity were your watchwords and because of that your EOW was the beginning of another's better life. There is no greater service that an officer can give. A final salute and respect from this civilian.

Holly Rockwell-Celerier

December 4, 2018

I hope that everyone can find comfort in Revelation 21:4 where it says, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Until we see him again in Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 16, 2018

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Jacob was killed in the line of duty.

To the Pickett family, fellow deputies, and all who call Jacob, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you. In reading the many reflections left for you, I can see what an impact you made on so many people.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Jacob gave to his community and the citizens of Indiana and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 2nd, 2018.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 28, 2018

“Just drive around and wave Ray-Ray. Roll down your windows and let the wind blow through your bald spot!”

Till we see you again man.

Marshal Ray Sheppard
Sharpsville Police Department

May 24, 2018

Being a former resident and having loved ones in Lebanon I am grateful for your service, brother. Matthew 5:9

Det. James Baker
Clarksville Police Dept. (TN)

May 2, 2018

Deepest condolences to Family, Department and Friends. Visit the web site for a glimpse of the Glorious Reunions awaiting. All law enforcement men and women indeed qualify as "Foxhole Christians" with their duty dangers. As Ray Comfort at says "Passing is the doormat they wipe their feet on before entering Heaven.” It is our belief they will hear from the Lord Himself. “Do not fear. for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:12).

Joe Lanier (a former Asst. Chief of Jasper, Texas PD)

April 16, 2018

So sorry to hear of Jacob's passing ...
My Family sends Tearful Condolences to Family,Friends,Department,Community& Country.
May The God of Peace & Comfort be near You ...
Thank You Jacob & Your Fellow Officers, for Your Brave & Unselfish Service .
RIP Jacob, Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts ...

Ms. Karen Morgan PSY & LE GRAD
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, SD

April 4, 2018

Rest in peace.

Investigator Stephen Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Dept. Tx

March 28, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother!

CCB Sgt (Ret)

March 23, 2018

You will not be forgotten.

Lt. Drew LaMaster
Sellersburg Police

March 23, 2018

On behalf of Point 27, I would like to offer condolences for Deputy Sheriff Jake Pickett. Please know we are eternally grateful for Jake’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Deputy Pickett, Point 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Boone County Sheriff, for Jake’s partner and fellow officers. Point 27 sent Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Scotty's family.

Point 27 is a Non-Profit Organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


David Dodd
Colonel, US Army Retired
Director, Point 27

David Dodd, Colonel US Army Retired
US Army Retired and Point 27

March 22, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss

Rebel Jacqueline
Arizona Department of Public Safety

March 16, 2018

Rest in peace our brother from deputies at Butler County Sheriff's Office in Hamilton Ohio.

Sgt. Bronnenberg
Butler County Sheriff's Office

March 13, 2018

Rest in Peace, Hero. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, in living and now in dying. May God wrap His loving arms around your family and your law enforcement family and give them comfort at this time. Blessed are the Peacemakers. God Bless You, Sheriff Mike T. Nielsen, and ALL of you for your heroism every day. Now Rest...

Noranne Stubbs Lenox -Office Coordinator
Arizona Department of Public Safety - CVE South

March 12, 2018

Rest in Peace Deputy Pickett

Police Officer Ahmed Danso-Faried
White Plains Police Department

March 12, 2018

Rest easy brother. You have been called to walk the beat in Heaven. We will take it from here.

Deputy Ezekiel Zimmerman
Howard County Sheriff’s Department

March 12, 2018

God, filled with mercy, dwelling in the heavens' heights,
bring proper rest beneath the wings of your Lord,
amid the ranks of the holy and the pure,
illuminating like the brilliance of the skies the soul of Jacob Pickett who went to his eternal place of rest.
May You who are the source of mercy shelter him beneath Your wings eternally,
and bind his soul among the living, that he may rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.

Bill Mann
Civilian Supporter
South Pasadena, CA

March 12, 2018

My Dear Officer Pickett..may the good Lord our God welcome you with wide open arms..may your love dwell in the hearts of your wife and children..God comfort your families and friends and fellow brother and sisters around our Nation who wear the Badge with Honor and Dignity..God bless you sir..God bless you....Victor and Family

Victor R. Solano J.R.

March 12, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

March 12, 2018

Rest in Peace Brother

Albuquerque Police Department Police Ser
Albuquerque Police Department

March 12, 2018

Rest In Peace, Hero

Officer Samuel Clemmons

March 11, 2018

Love ya Pickett. I’m sure my pops already met ya at the gate. 54-26, look after 6-26 for me, he’s a stand up guy....

Town Marshal Aaron J. Clapp
Jamestown Police

March 11, 2018

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