NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The widow of a Norfolk police officer killed in the line of duty said he would respond just the same if he could do it over again.
Rebekah Jones sat down with members of the media Tuesday morning in Norfolk to talk about her husband, 35-year-old Officer Brian Jones. Jones succumbed to injuries sustained in a shooting Friday night.
“He was so proud of his job, and I could not be more proud of him,” she said. “He is a hero, and I love him and I miss him so much. I will never ever forget him, and I know that if he could do things over again, he would do it the same. He would go, he would respond just the same, because that’s how he was.”
The couple had been married for nearly 10 years and planned to go on a cruise to celebrate their anniversary in November. She said they met in church.
“I chased him. I was so in love with him, and when he fell in love with me, you knew it,” she said. “He proposed to me during church. I’ll never forget it.”
She said her husband served in the Navy for eight years, including time in Pearl Harbor and on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Harry S. Truman. He had wanted to be a police officer since he was a child.
“There was a police officer back in Kentucky that really had a big impact on his life. He was also killed in the line of duty,” she said.
The couple went out to dinner their last night together.
“I had ordered his food, everything was on the table and he rushed in, he ate his food and he rushed right back out,” she said. “At 9:48, he sent me a text message, and he said, ‘I love you so much and I really enjoyed dinner with you tonight.’ I’m telling you, I’ll cherish that text message for the rest of my life.”
Earlier in the day Friday, Officer Jones hung up a swing for his children’s playground and made a picnic table for someone.
“Everybody has nothing but good things to say about him,” she said. “He was a good man. He was a very good man. And I’m proud of him. I miss him so much, but I’m so proud of him.”
Rebekah Jones said she has been speaking with the family of Mark Rodriguez, the 17-year-old boy killed by the same gunman.
“I’m so sorry for their loss, but I do know that Mark and Brian are walking the streets in heaven right now together,” she said. “I have no doubt of that. I’m so sorry for their loss. I can’t imagine how they’re feeling, because if it’s anything like I feel, oh my goodness, it’s unbearable.”