Remembering Officer Jones

January 30, 2009 11:43:22 AM PST
The loss of Officer Chris Jones in a traffic crash Thursday morning has devastated a community.A fund for Officer Jones' family has been set up. You can get more information about it by Clicking Here.

Jones had pulled over a car and was walking back to his cruiser when two cars collided, and smashed into his police car. Jones was hit by his own vehicle. He later died.

His loss is being felt from his wife and three children, to the workers who served Officer Jones at the local Wawa.

The store in Langhorne was a daily stop for Officer Jones. Employees who became close with him over the years say he wasn't just a good cop, but a genuine family guy who truly enjoyed helping people.

They were devestated by the news of his death.

"We heard it was a cop around here, and we were like 'Please don't let it be him," said employee Laruen Barrow. "Then my boss came out and he said 'It's Chris. He didn't make it."

At that moment, employees knew their mornings would never be the same.

"He would grab a cup of coffee and talk to everybody, help people out. If there was somebody stuck in their car he would be the first person out to see if they were okay," said manager Greg Soto.

"He would talk to you about anything, he would help anybody with anything. He was a great guy," said employee Francine Murphy.

Jones, a father of three, offered more than small talk. He never hesitated to give his friends advice.

"If anyone had a problem, had a ticket or an incident, he'd walk them through it to make sure they were okay and they knew what their problem was," Soto said.

Dan Kelly went to Bensalem High School with Jones. They reconnected after they discovered their sons went to school together.

"My son went down to play with his son few times. He had a really good family," Kelly said.

Family seemed to be the most important thing to Jones. He and his wife, who is a teacher in the area, were extremely close to their three kids. Jones would often tell stories to his friends about their camping trips to the Poconos.

While this community knows they have lost a good police officer, they understand his family has lost so much more.

"I'm so sorry, I hope you guys can get through everything. I know it's hard for her with three kids and stuff," Barrow said. "I just feel bad for them."

The manager here says this community will make sure Jones' family is taken care of. There is a meeting this week for an organization called the Middletown Community Foundation.

He says, first on the agenda, how to raise money for Officer Jones' wife and children.

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