Widow of slain Norfolk officer: ‘He is a hero’

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The widow of the Norfolk officer killed in shooting rampage fought through tears Tuesday morning to talk about her husband.

"He is a hero," said Rebekah Jones.  "I love him and I miss him so much."

Jones was shot to death Friday by James Andrew Brown during a shooting rampage.  Brown had also randomly shot and killed 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez.  Brown died after resisting arrest for the shooting spree.

"I know that if he could do things over he would do it the same. He would go, he would respond just the same, because that's how he was," said Jones' wife.

Officer Jones leaves behind three children.

"They miss their dad.  Our youngest doesn't understand. He just keeps asking when daddy's coming home from work," she said.  "I tell them every day your dad was a hero.  Your dad died a hero."

Mrs. Jones said her husband spent eight years in the Navy before becoming a Norfolk police officer.  She said he was inspired to become a police officer as teen by Kentucky deputy Roger Dale Lynch.  Lynch also died in the line of duty in 2005.

"My husband got down and he was inscribing Roger Lynch's name and he was crying," Rebekah explained of their trip to the police officer's memorial in Washington, D.C.  "My kids wanted to know why he was crying, and he told them the story about how Roger Lynch was a hero and he had made a big impact on his life."

Fellow police officers will have a memorial for Officer Jones Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Third Patrol Division on Ashbury Avenue.  The public is invited to join them after outside.

Services for fallen Norfolk officer to begin Wednesday


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  • Hm.

    Oh, I feel so bad for this woman-poor lady, and her poor, poor kids! You know, the military gets a whole lot of accolades for the services they render in dangerous places, and they deserve every one, but police, firefighters, and other rescue workers-all the ones who run into places I would be running out of as fast as I can-tend to get overlooked, when they deserve our appreciation and thanks just as much-all the time, not just in the event of a tragedy like this one. So a general shout out to all you guys and gals-thanks for saving out lives and keeping us safe. And thanks to their loved ones and families, for having their backs when they’re out catching the bad guys. Mrs. Jones, be strong-lots of peoples’ hearts are with you and your boys these days. My sincere condolences for your loss.

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