People across the Upstate continue to pay their respects to fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs. The memorial surrounding his patrol car outside the Law Enforcement center continues to grow.
Flowers, cards, badges and memories have almost completely covered the vehicle.
“These are men and women who put on their vests every day, no questions asked and they aren’t promised tomorrow,” Emily Newhaus said. “A simple traffic stop could turn ugly. You are never promised tomorrow.”
“He was the most selfless person you could meet in your life,” Adam Brinson, one of Jacobs’ childhood friends, explains.
Before the badge and before his service to our country, those who knew and loved officer Jacobs say his dedication to serve and help others began early.
“He didn’t go half way on anything. I remember when we were little kids and we wanted to build a tree house,” Brinson recalled. “It was a simple little project but it was if we do it, we are going to do it all the way and that was Allen’s philosophy with everything. He cared about his community.”
After hearing the tragic news Friday Adam Brinson, who lives out of town, has been watching as the community comes together in Greenville, to remember Officer Jacobs and help support his family in this time of loss.
“There’s a saying that we all write a blank check when we go overseas,” Brinson said. “We came back and I got out and he kept serving. He wrote a blank check and ultimately that cost him his life, unfortunately.”
Greenville Police posted a picture of two teddy bears placed inside the car at the memorial Sunday. They say it was a request from his sons.
“He lived for his family. I think that is what he was there for,” Brinson added. “It drove him to make sure that it was safe. To make sure that the community he was in and that he was growing up in is safe.”
Brinson says he hopes the community will continue to donate, to help relieve some of the burden for Officer’s wife, two sons and child on the way.
If you want to contribute, you can make a donation to Greenville Police or any TD Bank. You can also donate to THIS Gofundme Page, according to the Greenville Police Facebook page.