Everyone has their way of showing their respect to a fallen officer.
One touching tribute, in particular, a unique gesture from Rockford’s Texas Roadhouse restaurant, spoke volumes about how deeply a fallen officer, Deputy Jacob Keltner from McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, was appreciated by his community.
In honor of the fallen officer, the restaurant laid a table for one with a chair turned over, a candle, and a single rose in a simple glass vase. “Our Fallen Hero table will remain set this way until he is laid to rest,” the restaurant posted on Facebook. “We send many prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.”
In honor of Deputy Jacob Keltner, our Fallen Hero table will remain set this way until he is laid to rest.We send many prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.
“Jake was a fine young man who leaves a wife and two young children,” Sheriff Bill Prim told the Associated Press, reporting on the sudden death of 35-year-old Deputy Keltner on March 7, 2019.
SHERIFF PRIM STATEMENT REGARDING LINE-OF-DUTY DEATH;DEPUTY SHERIFF JACOB KELTNERE.O.W. MARCH 7, 2019 It is with…
Deputy Keltner was fatally shot by a suspect while trying to issue an arrest warrant. The sheriff’s deputy had been with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois, for over 12 years. His memory and service to the community were honored by masses of mourners in more ways than one.
“We are going to miss him,” Sheriff Prim continued.
A police car processional escorted Deputy Keltner to the Winnebago County Coroners Office the night after his tragic passing, and the sheriff’s office shared a moving message of appreciation on Facebook to the local people who came out to show their support.
“We saw the groups standing out in the cold with their blue line and American flags waving,” they began. “We saw the men, women, and children standing at attention … We saw the people who stopped in traffic and got out of their cars with their hands over their hearts.”
“We saw you tonight and we want to thank you for your support.”
A week. A week has gone by since we lost Jake, our brother in blue, a piece of our family. A week has gone by and we…
Seeing what the Roadhouse restaurant did to pay their respect for the fallen officer, other restaurants have followed suit, and the gesture is poignant.
Becki Keltner, the fallen deputy’s wife, shared a long, touching open letter with the sheriff’s office for the benefit of readers everywhere. The bereaved wife wanted nothing more, in her husband’s absence, than for the world to know what a “great man” Jacob Keltner was.
“He loved adventure … he was brave and he made me braver,” Becki shared. “He was a true patriot who wanted to protect the people of this country.” Becki added that her husband was also an amazing parent who always found new ways to have fun with their sons.
“There are no words to sum up a man who meant so much to me and so many others,” Becki wrote. “My only wish is to have a world where we stop hating each other … We all need to show each other love.”
Honoring fallen McHenry County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jacob Keltner with a 1-mile run carrying the Blue-Line Flag.The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is raising funds to pay off the mortgage for Deputy Keltner. Please go to www.tunneltotowers.org to find out more on how you can help!
Posted by Running for Heroes on Friday, March 8, 2019
One young boy, 10-year-old Zechariah, was so touched by the untimely death of the Illinois deputy, as well as hundreds of other “True American Heroes,” that he has taken it upon himself to pay tribute to fallen officers by running with the American flag. His venture, self-titled “Running for Heroes,” raises funds through Crowdrise for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, as well as raising visibility for the men and women who have lost their lives while serving their country.
“Telling my children he was taken from us was the worst moment of my life,” Becki shared. “He was taken from them far too soon.”
Thoughts and best wishes continue to flood in for everyone who knew, loved, and respected fallen deputy Jacob Keltner.