ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- How do you make sense of something so senseless? That’s the question many at Monday’s service for fallen Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jaimie Jursevics couldn’t help but ask.
“There will be days of anger looking back at what took place,” one person said. “Today is one of those sobering days where we come together to celebrate Jaimie’s life."
Jursevics’ life was rather remarkable. One after another, co-workers, supervisors and politicians echoed that sentiment.
“Jaimie was a leader in every sense of the word. She loved her family and was so proud of [her daughter] and D.J.,” said Scott Hernandez, chief of Colorado State Patrol.
“When we lose someone like Trooper Jursevics, we are reminded in the most painful way that behind every trooper’s shield is a heartbeat,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said.
Jursevics left behind a husband and an 8-month-old daughter. At the end of Monday’s service, her husband D.J. followed his wife’s casket as it was led out of the church.
Jursevics’ relatives were handed a folded American flag, given to them in her honor. The service lasted about an hour.
No family members spoke, but a close friend of Jursevics’ read a statement. In it, he shared a story about Jursevics’ and D.J.’s wedding. He also thanked her for her service.
“This week I stood next to and cried with your second family. People who appreciate and respect you,” the friend said.