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WWII Veteran talks about encounter with fallen Greenville officer

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Officer Allen Jacobs and WWII Veteran Jim Roe (courtesy Honor Flight Upstate) Officer Allen Jacobs and WWII Veteran Jim Roe (courtesy Honor Flight Upstate)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Jim Roe said he cried when he learned that Greenville police officer Allen Jacobs had been killed in the line of duty.

"It's heartbreaking," Roe said. "I just pray for him and his family, he was a wonderful man."

Roe, a World War II veteran who served with the Marines, met Jacobs in April 2015 after returning home from an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

"I was stumbling coming to the escalator," Roe said of seeing the crowds that had gathered to welcome him home.

"And that's when I saw Officer Jacobs and he grabbed me around the waist."

Roe said the emotion of the moment was overwhelming, but Jacobs helped steady him.

"You had to wait for the Marine hymn to play before starting down the steps and he (Jacobs) supported me until then," Roe said.

The moment between Roe and Jacobs was captured in a photo that was released and circulated soon after Jacobs' death.

"He looked extremely proud of me, but I should have been proud of him," Roe said.

Jacobs was also an Army veteran and often volunteered in the community. Roe said officers like Jacobs are the ones who deserve the salute that was rendered to him the fateful day they met.

"We need to honor them for what they do each and everyday just to keep us safe," Roe said.

READ MORE: Fallen Greenville police officer to be laid to rest Thursday

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