Hero Down: Jackson Police Corporal Allen Harper Jr. Succumbs To Injuries
Jackson, MS - Jackson Police Corporal Allen Harper Jr, died on April 7th, six days after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash while off-duty.
According to Clarion Ledger, Officer Harper, age 43, died from head trauma six days after he was injured in a motorcycle crash, which occurred at the intersection of High Street and State Street.
Jackson Police Officers recently assisted those that were affected by by the city of Jackson's infrastructure crisis. Officer Harper was one who helped, and after two days, still had his incredible sense of humor. According to JPD Deputy Chief Joseph Wade, "We were out there all day Friday and Saturday, and I promise you he never ran out of jokes in two days." Deputy Chief Wade also said that he and Officer Harper had graduated from the JPD Training Academy in 1998.
His warm spirit drew others to him and made them instinctively trust him. Officer Harper was a married father of four. He cared for the city's homeless, greeted the business people, and worked with city council members.
Officer Harper had served for over 22 years, and he was also known to be "always smiling, always joking, able to make something positive out of situations that might have made others complain."
The hero was captured on camera September 2015 saving a suicidal man from jumping off of a bridge. WJTV reports that while dealing with a distraught man who was upset about relationship problems, the man suddenly dove over a bridge. Corporal Harper could be seen on video catching him just as he was going over, saving the man's life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jackson Police Corporal Allen Harper, Jr., both blood and blue. Godspeed sir, we will take your watch from here Thank your for your service.