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Personalized vault cover donated in honor of Officer Allen Jacobs

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Officer Allen Jacobs' vault cover. (FOX Carolina/ March 25, 2016) Officer Allen Jacobs' vault cover. (FOX Carolina/ March 25, 2016)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Those who wanted to honor Officer Allen Jacobs lined the streets during his procession, packed a church for his service, and said final farewells at his grave site.

The tributes and salutes are endless and even those unseen wanted to give a special tribute.

Investigators say Jacobs was questioning 17-year-old Deontea Mackey on March 18, when Mackey shot him.

"He's our brother," Jeff Bagwell said.

Bagwell, a first responder, said he remembers when he heard about officer Jacobs being shot and killed.

"I've been in it a little over 42 years as a fireman," Bagwell said.

He's also the operations manager of Wilbert Burial Vault in Greenville.

"Wilbert provides a stainless steel vault with personalization for any firefighter, EMS or police worker killed in the line of duty," he said..

So, the company donated and created a tribute cover for officer Jacobs' vault.

"His job was to protect and watch over Greenville, so that's where the skyline of the city of Greenville came from," Bagwell said.

The cover also displays a picture of Jacobs surrounded by the Greenville Police Department's logo and the Army, as well as his badge.

"If you can photograph it, print it, we can put it on there," he said.

He worked with his son, Jeffrey Bagwell Jr., to create the design.

"It was an honor to be able to do," he said.

Jeffrey Bagwell Jr. also served as a first responder.

"It's a small, small thing. He deserved a whole lot more," he said.

So, when the Bagwells get order from funeral homes, they create a design using a picture.

"We basically have to make the design itself," he said.

The design is then edited to fit the cover.

"It could be anywhere from 5 or 10 minutes to a couple of hours," Bagwell Jr. said.

"It goes through a format in the machine and we print it."

The image is printed with an adhesive back then placed on a vault cover.

For the Bagwells, it's their way of saying thank you.

"He's still watching over Greenville -- he always will," Bagwell Sr. said.

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