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Community continues to honor Officer Allen Jacobs

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Shirt made in honor of Officer Allen Jacobs. (Source:Fox Carolina) Shirt made in honor of Officer Allen Jacobs. (Source:Fox Carolina)
Allen Jacobs (Source: Greenville PD) Allen Jacobs (Source: Greenville PD)

Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs was shot and killed on March 18, in the line of duty in the Nicholtown community. He leaves behind his wife, two young sons and a daughter on the way. 

Nearly two weeks after his tragic death, the Greenville community continues to help support and raise funds for his family. Jacobs' widow said that the family has written a letter to the community expressing their grief, and they're thanking the community for supporting them in their time of need.

"Officer Jacobs was a member of the Greenville Police Department which we as a campus community honor and respect. He attended Bob Jones Academy, both his parents are members of the School of Education faculty," said Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit. 

Pettit said officer Jacobs' family has strong ties to the school and because of his dedication to serving the community, they are helping further the education of future students in his honor. 

"We will establish an annual scholarship for criminal justice students in memory of officer Jacobs," Pettit said. 

He said they will also be starting an annual prayer breakfast in Jacobs' honor as well. They will invite law enforcement and first responders to their campus to honor them. 

Under the Carolina Moon, a store in Easley, has been selling t-shirts and will donate the funds to Jacobs' family.

"We've had volunteers come in from officers with Greenville, Anderson, Pickens have all come in help fold and help us distribute the shirts," said Hal Rice, who owns the store with his wife.

Rice said they've sold 10,000 of the t-shirts that they helped design. On the shirt is blue line, a shield, the American flag and a Bible verse.

"John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's live for one's friends," Rice said. "We felt like this kind of symbolized  what Officer Jacobs did for our community."

They are also working with an Anderson officer who made bracelets in Jacobs' honor. Those are being sold in the store to raise funds for the family as well. they also want to support all those involved in law enforcement.

"Everyday they go out and risk their lives for us to keep us safe so we just wanted to do something to help them,"said Rice. 

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