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Police Officer Jay Warren Jackson

West Covina Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, January 14, 1978

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Reflections for Police Officer Jay Warren Jackson

Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry, proclaimed, “Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 22, 2021

Mr Jackson was the officer I went on ridealongs with and inspired me to be the police officer I was I was a West Covina police explorer at the time of his EOW. And I miss him all the time.

Robert mijares
Montebello police retired

January 14, 2021

Jay, Dave Houts and I, all Azusa new hires, graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy together in 1974. Jay was one of my best friends and the most level headed guy I’ve ever known. Being a member of his honor guard was a privilege.

Guy Petersen
Azusa and Santa Ana PD

May 4, 2020

I was Jay’s training officer at Azusa PD. Too many good men down. RIP

Retired Rodney Smith
Mendocino sheriff s office

February 12, 2020

Officer jay warren jackson was my ride a long t.o. and was like a dad to me..a really great officer that i truly miss today after 41 years...i was a west covina police explorer.

Retired. Robert mijares
Montebello police

December 23, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Jackson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 26, 2019

Jay, remembering you on the 41st anniversary of your murder. I try to remember our growing up memories rather than the final memory of attending your funeral. Your death came two months after my friend, Dan Hale, was murdered at Santa Ana PD. The two of you are not just names on the memorial wall for me but two young men I personally knew. Rest well Jay, you are not forgotten.

Detective Gary Labb (Retired)
Covina Police / Santa Ana Police

January 14, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 40th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 14, 2018

39 years ago we lost a good man. The members West Covina Police Officers Association have not forgotten you. Rest in peace, brother.

President Eric Melnyk
West Covina Police Officers Association

January 15, 2017

So hard to believe that it has been thirty eight years since your EOW! As a new Azusa P.D. recruit you were the “Old Salt”, the guy that knew the way. You were a good training officer and I certainly looked up to you. We worked on the same shift for only a couple months before you went to West Covina however you definitely were a positive influence on me.
You have been on my mind often through the years especially in January. You have not been forgotten! Rest in peace. I hope your family has found some peace as well.

James Collins
Azusa P.D. Ret.

January 9, 2016

I went on ride-alongs with officer jackson he was one of the most professional and helpful persons that i looked up to . I have never forgotten him .I was working in the station and heard that dreadful cry out 'OFFICER DOWN' rest in peace my brother........

Officer Robert P Mijares
ret Montebello Police Ofcr

July 23, 2013

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

Officer 11169

January 23, 2012

Officer Jackson - I worked at the Eastland Clifton's for four years before joining LAPD in 1976. We may have crossed each other's paths, there.

Thank you for your service to the people of West Covina and the State of California. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

August 26, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, not even 32 years.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 14, 2010

No fellow Los Angeles County area law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Officer Jackson, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace

Maj M. B. Parlor

January 14, 2008



January 5, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 20, 2007

Rest in Peace Brother. May God Bless Your Family and May You Watch Over All of Us As We Continue The Fight! Your Sacrifice Will Not Be Forgotten. You Served Well, Now Guard The Gates of Heaven and Guide Us, While Keeping Us Safe and Alert. May God Bless Every MOS. “Fidelis Ad Mortem”


August 11, 2006

Even though it was long ago Jay, I remember the incident well. I will always remember the pursuit, the tragic end, and the words of the W.C. over the radio of your passing. It is never easy to accept, but know that you remain a hero.

R/Lt. John A. ZMenart Ret.

R/Lt. John A. Menart Ret.
West Covina

March 3, 2005

Officer Jackson,
On this, the 27th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice to the citizens of West Covina.

January 14, 2005

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