Bellevue officer killed in crash ‘cared about everyone,’ friends recall | Northwest | Pages Da

Jordan Jackson had a caring and helpful disposition.

“He was someone who was always there for you when he was at his best,” said Dan Degginger, a close friend of Jackson’s who has known him since about the fifth grade.

Jackson, a 34-year-old Bellevue police officer, died Monday in the line of duty after his motorcycle collided with a car on Bellevue Way Southeast, just south of downtown.

The investigation is ongoing, but it does not appear the driver of the car was under the influence or speeding, the Washington State Patrol said.

Jackson joined the Bellevue Police Department in March 2018 and became part of the motorcycle unit two years ago, according to the department.

Jackson worked long hours and had a long commute from his home in Cle Elum. But Jackson said the drive gave him time to decompress from work so he could be fully present with his family, Degginger said.

No matter how busy he was, he always made time to be with his wife and two children or close friends. Kenton Barker remembers Jackson calling him out of the blue one night to tell him he was having dinner for him so they could catch up and hang out.

Jackson had a group chat with some of his closest friends — Barker, Degginger and David Campi — where they talked almost every day, but the group was also consistently on Marco Polo, a video messaging app.

Degginger remembers Jackson being an endless source of support when his son was born and spent over 100 days in intensive care. There was never a day where Jackson wasn’t checking in one way or another, he said.

A lifelong dreamer, Jackson had always had big plans and ambitions, Degginger said. At one point in his life, Jackson had met some skaters and moved to Utah and started training to make it to the Olympics, but suffered an injury.

“It made me really proud of him,” he said.

Barker met Jackson when he was 17 and the pair became inseparable.

“He cared about everybody and it was more than just ‘hey, how are they?'” Barker said.

Jackson had several hobbies, ranging from biking and snowboarding, to fly fishing and surfing, his friends recalled.

Campi met Jackson around first grade, he said. He remembers Jackson as a caring and generous person who was always up for an adventure. The couple went backpacking through Alaska’s Denali National Park for about a week in 2015.

Jackson was happy to pass on his hobbies to his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. He had already started teaching his oldest how to snowboard, Degginger said.

Two GoFundMe fundraising pages were shared online. One for a memorial fund that had raised $42,000 as of Wednesday and another to support Jackson’s wife and two children that had raised $13,000.


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