March 18, 2021 - 10 a.m.
Bob Jones University will host a memorial ceremony in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of former Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs’ death in the line of duty on March 18, 2016. The ceremony will be held outside in front of Rodeheaver Auditorium in the center of front campus Thursday, March 18, at 10 a.m. Prior to the event, the Greenville Police Department (GPD) Honor Guard will perform a ceremonial guard from 9 – 10 a.m.
In lieu of the annual Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast, BJU President Steve Pettit will offer brief remarks prior to the Honor Guard placing a floral wreath beside a GPD patrol vehicle.
“Due to our campus COVID-19 protocols, we were unable to host the annual breakfast but want Allen’s parents, both of whom are faculty members at BJU, the families of other fallen officers and members of local law enforcement to know we stand with and support them,” said Pettit. “We pray for wisdom for officers as they seek to protect and serve our community.”
In addition to the static display of a GPD vehicle, the University’s main fountain is being lit blue to commemorate law enforcement and “thin blue line” flags are being flown in center campus from Sunday, March 14 through Sunday, March 21.
Previously, individuals and businesses in the Upstate sponsored tables at the breakfast. Proceeds from the event benefited the Allen Jacobs Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was created at the request of the Jacobs family, to assist BJU students majoring in criminal justice. Since 2016, over $108,700 has been raised for the scholarship fund. To donate to the scholarship fund, click here.