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Family friend remembers Officer Jacob

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JPD Officer Bruce Jacob (Source: City of Jackson) JPD Officer Bruce Jacob (Source: City of Jackson)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Roy Wingard knew Bruce Jacob as a teen. They became friends, hanging out and eventually Wingard became a mentor. 

At one point they lost touch for a few years, but reconnected in a strange way. 

"He was chasing a guy. The guy was getting away from him and I pulled up beside while he was running and I rolled my window down and said, "do you need a ride?" And he jumped in the backseat of the truck and we took off. And you know Bruce caught the guy," Wingard recalled.

Wingard had no idea the cop he gave a ride to was Jacob, until he showed up the next day at Wingard's ministry. A friendship was renewed. 

"Then the relationship just kicked off right where it left off, you know. I mean, he'd come over here, bring officers over here, they'd come over here and eat supper," Wingard said.

Wingard says the adopted Jacob got into small trouble like most teens, but turned his life toward being a police officer. 

"He was a servant. He learned to serve, which is something that all the people that I know that was involved in his life taught," Wingard added.

The Jackson man runs Wingard Home, a ministry to help the homeless. 

After seeing the images of Jacob's battered patrol car and learning of his death, Wingard says he still feels numb losing his friend. 

"The only thing that we have as human beings and as people, especially believers, all we have is hope. We have hope in Christ. We have hope that, you know, that some day we will be rejoined with our family members," believes Wingard.

Wingard has spoken with Jacob's widow and family. Being a man of faith, he remembers the good times spent with Jacob and knowing his friend loved being a police officer. 

"He was doing what he wanted to do and what he loved to do," Wingard added.

Services for Jacob have not been finalized.

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