Friends and community members remember Bellevue Officer Jordan Jackson

A celebration was held for Bellevue’s fallen officer, Jordan Jackson, on Tuesday. He died two weeks ago after being hit by a car on Bellevue Way.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Friends and community members are paying tribute to Bellevue police officer Jordan Jackson ahead of his memorial service on Tuesday.

It’s hard to recall every moment you’ve been friends with someone since childhood, but the most important moments will be etched in Dan Degginger’s memory.

Degginger first met Jordan Jackson in fifth grade. “At that time, we were always talking about how to play better football. How do we get better at football, how do we get better at skiing? Now is how we can be better parents.”

Throughout the years, they were always together. Degginger says: “The best friend you can turn to, someone who is willing to give up his job to help you.

Jackson died two weeks ago after he collided with a car while riding his patrol motorcycle north on Bellevue Road. He was 34 years old.

“At the time, it didn’t seem real, and in many ways it still isn’t,” Degginger said.

On Tuesday, a procession that begins at 11:15 a.m. from Southeast 16th and 148th Southeast Avenue will take Officer Jackson to the Meydenbauer Center where his memorial begins at 1 p.m.

“I can’t believe he’s gone, he’s such a vibrant, young man. He made a difference, he made a difference,” said Louise Hankes, who was assisted by Officer Jackson.

Louise Hankes and her husband, Bill, had a brief but impactful conversation with Officer Jackson in a time of need.

“He is an outstanding person. It will be a loss for everyone on the Eastside. And even the world,” said Bill Hankes.

Louise’s vehicle was captured on I-90 and Officer Jackson arrived to help.

“He was very warm and friendly and he made us feel at ease. Me and I think my wife and daughter feel the same way that he’s overstepped his duties a bit,” said Bill Hankes.

Show that whether you’ve known him for thirty minutes or from an early age, Officer Jackson has had a lasting impact on everyone he meets.

“All he wanted to do was help people, and he did that in the same community he grew up in,” Degginger said.

The parade will be available to watch on KING 5,, KING 5+ and KING 5’s YouTube channel starting at 11:15. The memorial will also be available on KING 5’s online and streaming platforms and available to watch on KONG, channel 16, at 1pm Friends and community members remember Bellevue Officer Jordan Jackson

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