Jenn, the sassy, smart police officer who wrote An Officer's Day is dead. Her last entry was posted sometime last September.
Her husband Brody contacted a few of us who had corresponded with her
to let us know she died last year. He also asked if we would use our blogs to tell people
about her passing. He's in so much pain he hasn't been able to tell her online friends until now.
Jenn was on her way to visit her mother when she died. The truck she
was driving was hit broadside by a car that ran a red light traveling
at 67 MPH. The truck rolled and she was ejected.
I don't remember how I found her journal, but I couldn't believe my
luck when I started reading her stuff. Her entries grabbed you by the
throat. They ran the gamut from funny and full of humor to angry,
petulant, resigned, and fed up. But they were always well written. With
a rat-a-tat style that was as energetic as her personality. Her
relationship with the officer who became her husband was a subtext that
with passion. You could tell there was and always will be a powerful
connection between them.
In Brody's email he sounded bereft. He's keeping her screenname,
Anonymous Badge, so we can still read her journal. If you have a
chance, take a minute and read some of her entries from a year ago. Or
go all the way back to the beginning. You won't be disappointed. While you're there you could leave a message. Here's
Jenn was around the same age as my daughters. When I heard the news today, I felt like I'd lost one.