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Hero Down: Bellevue Police Department Officer Jordan Jackson Dies In On-Duty Motorcycle Crash

Bellevue, WA – Bellevue Police Department (BPD) Officer Jordan Jackson died in the line of duty on Nov. 21 after a driver crashed into his motorcycle while he was out on patrol.

The 34-year-old officer was traveling northbound in the 500-block of Bellevue Way Southeast near Southeast Wolverine Way when a vehicle crashed into him, the BPD said in a press release.

Officer Jackson was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The occupants inside the vehicle that collided with Officer Jackson’s motorcycle were not injured, WXIA reported.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal crash.

“We are devastated by Officer Jackson’s tragic death,” BPD Chief Wendell Shirley said in a press release later that day. “Our hearts go out to his wife, two children, his family and friends, and extended BPD family as they grieve. This is a huge loss for the entire community.”

Officer Jackson served as a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, and as a member of the King County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteer K9 unit prior to joining the BPD in March of 2018.

He began working as a BPD Traffic Unit motorcycle officer two years later.

Officer Jackson was a “valuable member” of the department who was always eager to take on additional responsibility and leadership opportunities, the police department said.

He was recently chosen as Officer of the Quarter due to his “excellent quality of work and service to the community,” the BPD said.

“[It is] a tragedy to lose him,” Chief Shirley told KING. “He was a great officer, but an even better human being.”

In addition to his wife, Kelsey, Officer Jackson also leaves behind his two children, ages four and two, The Seattle Times reported.

A fundraising page established to help Officer Jackson’s young family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $54,000 so far.

BPD Spokesperson Meeghan Black said Officer Jackson’s passing marked the first line-of-duty death in the department’s 69-year history, KING reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bellevue Police Department Officer Jordan Jackson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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