Boy Looking To Replace Police Department Patch Collection Destroyed In Black Forest Fire Was Fallen Officers Nephew Not Son
I wrote a story yesterday about a boy in Colorado Springs who was trying to replace a police department patch collection lost in the recent Black Forest Fire that honored his Uncle, not his Father, who lost his life in the line of duty.
The original press release sent out yesterday that I picked up on was a bit misleading in the fact that two back to back sentences made it sound like the boy in question was the son of the fallen officer.
After some emails and a conversation today with Denver's 7 News reporter Deb Stanley who did all the stories on the fallen officer back in 2006 called me with some questions which led her to re-examine her old stories because the fallen officer, Jared Jensen, never had any children.
Here is the clarification: Jarred Jensen was a police officer in Colorado Springs who was killed in the line of duty in 2006. His brother Jeff, took his son Kyle, to the LE Memorial in Washington D.C. to pay their respects to their brother/uncle. It was then that Jeff's 5 year old son Kyle decided to collect patches from police departments from all over the country and the world.
Last week, Kyle's entire collection burned along with the family home in the Black Forest Fire that has consumed over 500 homes and has claimed the lives of two people. So now Kyle's father would like to try and replace his son's collection. Their hope is that their story will hit as many police departments across the country and world. As of today, hundreds have seen the story and patches are being mailed from all points across the globe so if you know of a police officer, please share this story with them.
It was an email from Adam Romine that came across my desk via a friend from American Military Family that inspired me to write the story in the first place. Officer Romine is a Detective/Task Force Officer with Internet Crimes Against Children in the Colorado Springs Police Dept. Homeland Security Investigations. You can call Adam Romine directly at (719) 578-3446 for more information. Patches can be sent directly to the attention of Jeff Jensen, Colorado Springs Police Dept., 4110 Tutt Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80922.
Their goal is to present Kyle Jensen with the patches the first week of July.