Columbus, OH – Columbus Division of Police (CDP) Officer Jason Jackson died on Friday morning after a battle with cancer.
“We’re extremely saddened to share one of our kindest, most gentle, big-hearted officers lost his battle w/cancer this morning,” the CDP announced on social media on Friday. “Officer Jason Jackson was only 47 years old. He leaves behind a wife & 4 children & law enforcement family who loved him dearly.”
The CDP also shared a video clip that showcased moments from the veteran officer’s career, including a clip he made discussing his position with the agency’s recruiting unit.
In the video, Officer Jackson explained that he had been with the department for over 23 years, during over 18 of which he he was also involved in the CDP’s Law Enforcement Exploring Program.
The program was created for teens and young adults who are interested in a career in law enforcement, he explained.
Officer Jackson was also a member of the community liaison unit and the bike unit, and served as a Columbus firefighter for two years before he joined the CDP.
"Officer Jackson had a love of life, a love of community, a love of educating teens about policing through the Columbus Police Explorers program," the department said, according to WSYX. "Our hearts are heavy for his father Chief James Jackson and the rest of his family who were by his side until the end. We [love] you."
Officer Jackson “was a life-long community advocate and role model,” Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin said in a press release.
“He helped countless young people in our city both personally and professionally. As a recruitment officer, he taught cadets a love for public service,” Hardin said. “He had a joyous spirit and a wonderful smile that brought joy to those around him. I offer my most sincere condolences to former Police Chief James Jackson and the family during their time of need.”
Officer Jackson will be laid to rest on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Columbus Division of Police Officer Jason Jackson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.