Hero Down: Husband, father of three loses his battle with cancer

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A detective from Louisiana has reportedly passed away after battling terminal cancer, according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Caddo Parish Juvenile Detective Jacob Nolan Bergren, age 36, died on January 28th surrounded by his friends and family. 

Hero Down: Husband, father of three loses his battle with cancer

 

According to reports from the law enforcement agency, Detective Bergren served the Caddo Parish community for nearly a decade. 

Prior to serving the sheriff’s office, Bergren was an active member of the University Police Department. 

Friends and family described the fallen officer as the “life of the party”, retreating to the woods as an active hunter and fisherman, and was said to always have a smile on his face.

But when he wasn’t making people laugh, Bergren was dedicated to keeping his community safe. 

“Jake was tough – he had to be in order to take down some of the most heinous criminals in our area,” his obituary read. 

 

Detective Bergren was also a dedicated husband and father of three, Landon Jacob (8), Nolynn Elizabeth (4) and Walker Lee (1).

“His kids would light up when he walked through the door as he somehow always brought a sense of joy and laughter into any room.”

Reports claimed that just 25 hours after the detective passed away, his father succumbed to his battle with cancer as well. 

 

The family says the two are undoubtedly fishing together in Heaven. 

“He was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, deputy and one incredible friend. His memory will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts forever,” the memorial to the dedicated officer read.

 

A service in memory of Detective Bergren was held at at Summergrove Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA on January 31st, where he was laid to rest by those closest to his heart. 

Donations were made to Bergren’s favorite charity, the Gingerbread House, in lieu of flowers.

Our hearts go out to the family, friends, co-workers and all others who were touched by Detective Bergren’s dedication to his community. Rest easy, detective. We’ll hold the line from here. 

The last few weeks have been difficult all of us in the law enforcement community, as friends, families and co-workers mourn the loss of multiple public servants. 

Within the first month of 2020, we’ve lost a total of fourteen police officers who have passed away.   And not surprisingly, the media hasn’t had much to say about it. 

Today, we take the time to honor these heroes for giving their lives for something greater.

Deputy Sheriff Sheldon Gordon Whiteman

Deputy Sheriff Sheldon Gordon Whiteman | Long County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Gordan from the Long County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia was killed while engaged in a high-speed pursuit on Thursday, January 23rd.

While only having been with the department for four months, he had previously served with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for four years.

Sadly, he leaves behind his wife, three children, and his father.

Police Officer Katherine Mary Thyne

Police Officer Katherine Mary Thyne | Newport News Police Department, Virginia
Police Officer Katherine Mary Thyne

Officer Thyne from the Newport News Police Department in Virginia tragically died on Thursday, January 23rd after being dragged by a vehicle for over a block.

She and her partner were investigating reports of drug activity, when they approached a vehicle on 1400 block of 16th Street.

The driver sped off, causing the officer to be dragged, and the driver crashed into a tree which pinned the officer between the vehicle and tree.

The young officer had only been on the force for a year and leaves behind her 2-year-old daughter, fiancée, mother, three brothers, and grandparents.

Major Angelanette Moore

Major Angelanette Moore | Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, Virginia

Major Moore of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Virginia passed away on Thursday, January 23rd.

After serving in the jail for 20 years, she collapsed while on duty from a heart attack. Despite officers and medical staff immediately administering CPR, she could not be resuscitated.

She is survived by her husband and son.

Officer Tiffany-Victoria Bilon Enriquez & Officer Kaulike Kalama

Officer Tiffany-Victoria Bilon Enriquez | Honolulu Police Department, HawaiiOfficer Kaulike Kalama | Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Enriquez and Officer Kalama of the Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii died on Sunday, January 19th after responding to a stabbing call at a home.

Officer Enriquez was one of the first officers who arrived at the scene to help the stabbing victim. When she approached the house where the suspect was located, she was gunned down.

She was an Air Force Reserves Veteran and served the department for seven years.

Officer Kalama later responded to the residence after Officer Enriquez was shot, and he was also shot by the suspect inside the home.

Officer Kalama had served the department for nine years and leaves behind his wife and son. Officer Enriquez is survived by three daughters and one grandson.

Deputy Sheriff Jarid Taylor

Deputy Sheriff Jarid Taylor | Bryan County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Taylor of the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma died in a vehicular crash on Tuesday, January 14th while responding to an emergency call.

He had been with the Sheriff’s office for just under two years and is survived by his two children and fiancée.

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Detective Amber Joy Leist

Detective Amber Joy Leist | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Detective Leist of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in California passed away on Sunday, January 12th after she was struck by an oncoming vehicle after helping an elderly woman who fell in the roadway.

While off-duty, she managed to help the woman safely across the intersection, but was struck while returning to her car.

She served with the department for twelve years and is survived by her two sons.

Police Officer Nicholas Reyna

Police Officer Nicholas Reyna | Lubbock Police Department, Texas

Officer Reyna of the Lubbock Police Department in Texas was killed by another vehicle while tending to a single-car rollover on Saturday, January 11th.

Lieutenant Eric Hill of the Lubbock Fire Department was killed as a result as well. Officer Reyna had only been on the force for a year before he passed.

Police Officer Paul Dunn

Police Officer Paul Dunn | Lakeland Police Department, Florida

Officer Dunn of the Lakeland Police Department in Florida had died as a result of crashing his motorcycle on Thursday, January 9th.

He was heading back to the police station on his department motorcycle when he struck a raised median of the roadway, causing him to be thrown from the bike.

The Marine Corps veteran had served with Lakeland Police Department for six years and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He leaves behind his wife, three children, and two stepdaughters.

Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler

Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler | Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

Officer Winkeler of the Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety in South Carolina was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop Sunday, January 5th.

Officer Winkeler also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Latta Fire Department prior to his passing.

He is survived by both his parents and his sisters.

Investigator Ryan D. Fortini

Investigator Ryan D. Fortini | New York State Police, New York

Officer Fortini of the New York State Police passed away from cancer on Wednesday, January 1st.

He had served the department for 16 years before retiring in 2015, and his cancer had stemmed from his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Officer Fortini is survived by his fiancee, parents, brother, and sister.

Officer Munir “Mo” Edais

Officer Munir “Mo” Edais
Officer Munir “Mo” Edais

Officer Munir “Mo” Edais of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department died unexpectedly on January 21st.

The circumstances of the officer’s death were never revealed, but he’d served with the department for 10 years and leaves behind his 2 children and one child on the way.

Investigator John Cole Haynie

Investigator John Cole Haynie
Investigator John Cole Haynie

Investigator John Cole Haynie of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia died on Saturday, January 25th after a month-long battle with the flu.

He had served the sheriff’s office for 8 years prior to his passing. He is survived by his wife.

Officer Cesar Ramirez

Officer Cesar Ramirez
Officer Cesar Ramirez

Officer Ramirez of the Norwalk Police Department in Connecticut passed away on January 28th after battling brain cancer.

He had served the department for 32 years prior to passing and was celebrated by his community and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling named December 13th as “Cesar Ramirez Day” in his honor.

 


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