A prayer vigil brought people together in Cleveland Park Tuesday to remember Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs, the officer that was gunned down while patrolling city streets on Friday.
“As we move forward through our grief, and we grieve together, we must then heal. And through that healing we must become stronger and we must become one community,” says Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller.
Chief Miller says Jacobs’ family is in need of prayers and support from the entire community.
“I don’t know that reality has set in yet, although I think they’re feeling it. They loved their son, their husband, their father, and they want to touch him, talk to him, hug him, and they can’t.”
Miller says Jacobs was a leader, setting an example of his dedication to keep the community safe, right up to the night before he was killed.
“On Thursday night, he assisted her with a problem and he gave her his number and said ‘if there’s anything I can do, you call for me, and I’ll be back here.'”
It’s times like this, when brothers and sisters in blue come together and remember not to take anything for granted.
“It’s always on your mind and you can’t drive down the road or look on your phone without being reminded of what’s happened. Like today, I’m playing with my daughter, thinking that this may be the last time I get to do that, so it really makes you put things into perspective,” says Lt. Chad Harrelson of Easley Police Department.
The visitation for officer Allen Jacobs is open to the public Wednesday from 3 to 6pm at Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman University.
Greenville Police say the public is also encouraged to line the procession route for Thursday’s funeral service.