Family Remembers Murdered Tennessee Highway Trooper

Family Remembers Murdered Tennessee Highway Trooper

On Monday night, law enforcement from across the Mid-South gathered to remember Tennessee Trooper Calvin Jenks with a traditional "Sea of Blue."
TIPTON COUNTY, TN (abc24.com) - For the Jenks family, police work was, and is, a family affair.

By all accounts, Calvin Jenks, 24, was born to be in law enforcement. He became a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper and was patrolling the night of January 6, 2007.

"He always had a kind word to say and he was just one of those guys who had a smile on his face," said Norm Jenks, Calvin's father.

Jenks' life came to an end on a stretch of rural road after he pulled over two teens from Texas for speeding. Within 3 minutes, Jenks was dead, shot twice.

"It is fair to say that tragically he perished doing what he loved doing," Calvin said.

On Monday night, law enforcement from across the Mid-South gathered to remember Jenks with a traditional "Sea of Blue."

"Me and him both wanted to do the same thing. I never thought about not doing it," said Daniel Thompson, Jenks' stepbrother.

Just like Jenks, Thompson became a trooper, graduating in May.

"I feel like he is always looking down with me, riding with me," he said. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him. I just, it just seems like he is there with me. All the time. Just looking down on me, keeping me safe."

"As parents it is tough for us, but, he is doing what he wants to, and loves it," said Calvin.

Alejandro Gauna was convicted of murder, and Orlando Garcia was sentenced for his role in Jenks' murder.

The punishment is not sitting well with Tipton County Sheriff J. T. "Pancho" Chumley.

"In this case here, life, it don't mean anything, they still get their life. They need the death penalty, anyone who kills a law enforcement officer out of cold blood," Sheriff Chumley said.

"If someone in cold blood, commits a murder in cold blood, then they should be killed. The death penalty should be swift and quick," the Sheriff added.

For Norm Jenks, the holidays are hard. He says the Sea of Blue, which attracts law enforcement from all across the Mid-South, lifts his spirits.

"He was a great son, he was a great trooper, I can't tell you how much I miss him, and the family misses him," Calvin said.
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