My best friend Jake and I decided that we were going to take the NYPD Exam. So on August 13th 2013 we drove in the rain and took the exam. I busted his chops about getting a higher grade because he was always the brains of the operation and getting much much better grades in school than me.
4 years later and by some miracle we both were selected to be sworn into the NYPD on July 5th of this year. We promised each other that we would take this so seriously and be the first ones on line every day and work hard in every aspect of our new careers.
When Jake passed away I promised his mom and fiancée that I would dedicate my whole career to him by doing all the great things that he would have done and when I graduate on December 28th, 2017, so does Jake.
Now as of this past Friday, with the approval from both his mother & fiancée and a big thanks to the NYPD for making it happen, I have the honor and privilege to take over Jake’s shield number.
I’ll have him with me and watching over me every single shift and will strive for the excellence and high honors of which he would have accomplished with his career.
His shield number has so much deeper meaning than just being his. The first two numbers happen to be my birth date, the last two numbers are the lacrosse numbers of a good friend of ours, John Bosco, who also unfortunately passed away. And the number 6, separating the two numbers but also representing that he always has my back and will be with me every shift.
Jake, my brother, I’ll miss you always and forever and you’ll always be in my heart.
Love you man. 🖤🖤💙🖤🖤🖤
Yesterday we celebrated your life, it was an amazing turnout and crazy to see how many lives you had an impact on! We will forever carry your love in our hearts and your memories in our minds! #JakeStrong
We are all heartbroken. This doesn’t feel real at all and by far the harshest reality to overcome. I will never understand why the worst things happen to the best people. Jake, I love you brother. I love you.💙💙💙