ROCKFORD (WREX) — Remembered for his compassion and friendship, friends and family members of Jaimie Cox say he is someone whose legacy will continue to impact others.
Saturday was a day filled with memories and stories. Community members came together in Roscoe to remember one of their own, Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox.
When asked what it was the day was like, community member Becky Edwards said, “emotions, a lot of emotions.”
“Just excited to have the ongoing support, to be able to continue all the good in Jaimie’s name,” said Jaimie Cox Foundation Treasurer Adam Cox.
The second annual Jaimie Cox Memorial Gathering brought families together to honor him and support local first responders.
“It’s fun to hear the stories from all the people that did know him,” said Edwards.
“So Jaimie is a big outdoors-man. He’s a big runner, triathlete,” said Adam.
Jaimie Cox died on November 5, 2017 while performing a routine traffic stop. In tragedy, community members say it’s not only important to support one another but also to remember all the good Jaimie did.
“It’s pretty awesome to see how people come together in times of need and to carry on his legacy,” said Edwards.
The day was also a chance for people who didn’t know Jaimie to know who he truly was. Friends say Jaimie was more than just his work, he was known for compassion and true friendship.
“He just loved being around family and friends and so we thought why not just pour that over into a gathering here,” said Adam.
But honoring Jaimie isn’t just about remembering him, it’s also about continuing his work. The Jaimie Cox Foundation works to provide services for local law enforcement, veterans and underprivileged children.
The annual Jaimie Cox Memorial 5K and Walk also took place on Saturday where nearly 500 people attended. All proceeds from Saturday’s events will go to the Jaimie Cox Foundation.
“Because they’re all people that matter and they’ve all made the ultimate sacrifice and we need to not forget that. They’re people too and they have families and we need to keep their memories alive,” said Edwards.
People are keeping the memories alive for those who have served and impacted communities just like their friend, Jaimie Cox.