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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Officer Jason Eckes

Birmingham Police Department

Sunday, April 24, 2005 - 5pm-8pm
John-Ridouts, Valley Chapel
1802 Oxmoor Road
Homewood, AL 35209

Monday, April 25, 2005 - 4pm
Our Lady of Sorrows
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Homewood, AL 35209

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An off-duty Birmingham police officer riding his bicycle was struck and killed by a driver fleeing a police chase just minutes earlier, authorities said.

Officer Jason Eckes, 32, of Homewood, was struck about 10:13 p.m. and taken to a hospital, Deputy Police Chief Bob Copus said. He was hit after police lost sight of the truck they chased southward from Birmingham along I-65.

Police Chief Annetta Nunn said the driver had no way of knowing the man he hit was a police officer.

"He was just a guy out riding his bike," said Nunn, adding that she's confident the damage on the truck will proved that it's the same one from the chase.

"We should be able to tie it together, she said.

During the chase a woman, who either jumped or was thrown from the truck, landed at the Sixth Avenue South exit ramp along the interstate, officers said. She was treated at a hospital and later questioned by Homewood police.

Eckes worked the evening shift at the West Precinct, which lost three police officers — Carlos Owen, Harley Chisholm III and Robert Charles Bennett — in June when they were shot to death while serving a warrant at a reputed drug den.

"It's surreal, like a dream you hope you will wake up from," precinct commander Capt. Hollis Crutchfield told the Birmingham News.

This story for EMS Action was put together from articles in the Birmingham News


At 10/21/2005 06:49:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you Jason. Six months later you are so very very very missed.

At 11/28/2005 11:06:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason you were very special to me in high school. We had a lot of fun and the thought of you will never leave me. I miss you dearly. Stephanie

At 12/21/2005 02:17:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason, I miss you so much. WE were so close to being married. My heart still belongs to you and always will

At 3/01/2006 04:58:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy late birthday jason....wish i could have seen you one last time...

At 8/12/2006 09:57:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay nothing will ever be the same without you in our lives. You are my guardian angel

At 9/13/2007 08:53:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to the Family. My fiance is a police officer and I pray everyday he comes home safe. I myself am a Substance Abuse Counselor and pray drunk drivrs stay off the road. My prayers go out to the family!

At 1/09/2008 10:29:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason,my good friend I think of you frequently and i often wonder what could have been.Love you always

At 1/15/2008 02:47:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 2/11/2008 05:59:00 PM , Blogger barb said...

Thank you all so much! I found this site while I was checking into Kristie's Law and cried. I was Happy and surprised to see that someone other than me missed my son. Please don't leave say anonymous, how can I say a prayer of thanks for you If I don't know your name. LOL God bless you all and thank you Barb x

At 5/27/2008 10:51:00 PM , Blogger Shell said...

Dear Brother, I Googled images in your name and smiled through tears again at how much you look like Mom in your picture. There aren't words for how much I (we) miss you and 'what might have been'. I thank God for many things but especially for the time you told me that no matter how rarely we got to see each other or talk, that you knew I loved you and you loved me too. Leave the light on for us...Luv U Jay

At 9/03/2010 01:12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason, I thought of you today...and how much is lost by the absence of your smarts, and your spirit. There are so few people that bridged the spectrum of human experience the way you did. From Ultimate player to police officer, you were a rare person. You are missed.

At 5/11/2014 04:12:00 PM , Blogger prishon03 said...

Thinking of you today. I still miss and often think of the man you could have been.


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