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Thousands remember life, ultimate sacrifice of Officer Allen Jacobs

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Thousands gathered for Ofc. Jacobs' funeral (FOX Carolina/ March 24, 2016) Thousands gathered for Ofc. Jacobs' funeral (FOX Carolina/ March 24, 2016)
Thousands paid their respects Thursday for fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs. (FOX Carolina 3/24/2016) Thousands paid their respects Thursday for fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs. (FOX Carolina 3/24/2016)
Allen Jacobs (Source: Greenville PD) Allen Jacobs (Source: Greenville PD)
An ornate vault cover shows Jacobs' badges of service. (Mar. 24, 2016/FOX Carolina) An ornate vault cover shows Jacobs' badges of service. (Mar. 24, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Area fire departments raised flags to honor Jacobs. (Mar. 24, 2016/FOX Carolina) Area fire departments raised flags to honor Jacobs. (Mar. 24, 2016/FOX Carolina)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

First responders, fellow officers and community members gathered Thursday to pay respects to fallen Greenville police officer Allen Jacobs.

Jacobs was killed in the line of duty on March 18 while on patrol in the Nicholtown community. Police chief Ken Miller said Jacobs approached 17-year-old Deontea Mackey, a known gang member, before the teen took off on foot. After a brief pursuit, Miller said Mackey opened fire at Jacobs before turning the gun on himself.

Jacobs was a married father of two young sons. He and his pregnant wife were expecting a daughter in July.

A visitation was held on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on Furman University's campus.

PHOTOSGreenville officer Allen Jacobs laid to rest

"A Celebration of Life and Service" for Jacobs began at 11 a.m. in the university's Timmons Arena. Hundreds of fellow law enforcement officers attended to pay their final respects to Jacobs--some from as far away as Aurora, Colorado, Chicago, and New York City.

Furman University estimated 4,000 people were in attendance.

The service featured emotional words from Jacobs' colleagues and friends. They spoke of the character of the fallen hero, his diligence, his devotion to community and family, and his love of coffee. 

READ: Officer Allen Jacobs' biography included in funeral program

"Allen always started his workday at 'Westside command.' Most of you probably know it as Starbucks on Augusta," Sgt. Ed Irick said.

His colleagues joked that Jacobs may have had a slight caffeine addiction, a by-product of working long hours and trying to spend as much time as possible with his growing family, and volunteering to play basketball with kids in the community he served.

"Allen was the kind of cop you wanted working in your community," Sgt. Mike Yearout said."

Jacobs' friend and fellow first responder offered a poetic description of the man and life he led.

"Allen stood against the waves and the winds of the violence that our world offers and chose not to bend or break against the storms," firefighter Lt. Scott Key said. 

Key urged the mourners to live by Jacobs' example and to ask themselves if they would stand strong against the storm as Jacobs had done in his life.

Rev. Thomas Young delivered the eulogy. He said that Jacobs was close to finishing a master of business administration and that he had recently spoke with the young officer about his pending educational milestone.

"He said, 'It's almost finished.' But we had no idea how true that statement would be," Young said.

All of the speakers fondly recalled Jacobs' signature smirk: A look they said they will always remember on the fallen officer's face. The smirk was present whenever Jacobs was ribbing his friends.

Officer Jacobs' young sons were seen wearing police uniforms in an emotional moment when the family exited the chapel.

Hundreds of peoples gathered along Highway 276 to pay their respects to the Jacobs family as the funeral procession carried the fallen officer to his final resting place at Coleman Memorial Cemetery.

People waved flags and saluted as the hearse and line of Jacobs' fellow police officers made way to the graveyard. The procession spanned several miles.

The Duncan Chapel and Berea fire departments raised American flags above the procession route to honor Jacobs.

A group of Travelers Rest High School students were chosen to represent the school by standing along the procession route to show their respects. Nearby Heritage Elementary School also sent students to honor Jacobs along the route.

The graveside ceremony featured a somber "last call" that went out over the Greenville Police Department's radio frequencies. Dispatchers called for Officer Jacobs to respond one final time before announcing that the officer was "10-7," no longer in service.

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