Allen Lee Jacobs, 28 - Travelers Rest

Officer Allen Lee Jacobs, 28, lost his life while in the line of duty serving the citizens of Greenville on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Born in Denver, CO, he was the son of Don and Tammie Jacobs, faculty members at Bob Jones University.

Allen grew up in Travelers Rest, SC. He attended Bob Jones Academy, earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University, and was nearing completion of an MBA. He was a Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, NC, a Jump Master, and a decorated Iraq War veteran. He joined the City of Greenville Police Department in 2011, where he was on the SWAT and Community Response teams. He was also involved in many Community Coordination and Education programs, such as Cops on the Court and the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) summer program. He served the schools within the City of Greenville by instructing and mentoring young people, as well as serving as a zone patrol officer in his off-duty hours. He received a Purple Heart Award in 2015 for his heroic service.

Allen was a member of Christ Fellowship in Travelers Rest.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Meghan Murphy Jacobs; his sons, Michael (age 6), and Dillon (age 5), and a third child to be born in July; his sister, Catherine Jacobs of Greenville; maternal grandmother, Peggy Thorsell of Pittsburg, TX; paternal grandparents, Don and Elaine Jacobs of Lincoln Park, MI; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Paul Jacobs in 2012.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 24, at 11:00 am at Timmons Arena at Furman University with Pastor Thomas Young and Chaplain Monty Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Coleman Memorial Park in Travelers Rest. Standing in honor of the family, the City of Greenville Police Department welcomes those in the community wanting to pay their respect at the visitation on Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00pm at Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman University.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a fund for his children’s education at TD Bank, any branch in the City of Greenville.

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