Saturday, May 12, 2007

Sad News

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 crackled 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 the link:

http://journals.aol.com/anonymousbadge/AnOfficersDay/


Jenn was around the same age as my daughters. When I heard the news today, I felt like I'd lost one.

7 comments:

rgossett4195 said...

There are some lives that are lost that make me just want to shake my finger at God and ask "WHY!!???"  This is one.  How sad.  Thanks for sharing this.  rose~

gaboatman said...

This is such sad news.  I have read some of her posts and enjoyed them very much.  This is a sad loss to the community.  My heart and prayers go out to her husband and family.
Sam

screaminremo303 said...

I'm stunned. I remember how happy she was with Brody and how much crap she went through for the kids. This just sucks ass.

tdain2003 said...

wow.... I quit reading aol blogs a long time ago and just came across yours again...
I was a reador of Jenn's way back when she and Brody were getting together and I remember without visiting her blog link about a guy that was hit by a car.
She really knew how to write and I am so saddened to hear this news.... it really just hurts and it really just sucks
Tracy~

mombzbe said...

That's such horrible news.  
Anna

ber144 said...

It's highly depressing to never have known that this person was out there, and even more depressing to spend an hour or two getting to know her only after she has died.  Yet I am happy to at least have had the chance.

salemslot9 said...

it wasn't God's fault