Family, friends, and fellow officers came to support the police captain who died in his home Monday. Captain Jack Long lost a two and a half month battle to cancer. Friends and family honored the police captain by describing his work in Uptown Columbus and his selfless attitude. The Columbus Police Department showed overwhelming support as they laid to rest one of their own.
As law enforcement officers streamed into the sanctuary, those in attendance remembered the impact Captain Long had on the community. Emotions were visible as Archie Rainey read comments from community leaders remembering Captain Long's life.
"Jackey was always a good friend. He's a real cop's cop. He loved the Columbus Police Department and loved his police family," says Rainey. Captain Long was diagnosed with cancer in April and died in his home Monday. He last attended a huge fundraiser in his honor just a couple weeks ago. His pastor, Brad Melton, says he had a big and kind heart.
"He had a tender heart. He had a good heart, and he would always help you out," says Melton. Captain Long had a 38 year police career serving the majority of that time with the Columbus Police Department.
"Jackey was a true public safety personnel. He served his community with strength, intelligence, and compassion," says Rainey. Police Chief Ricky Boren and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson also showed their support Thursday. Friends remember Long as a servant leader who gave his all to his family and his work.
"Jackey was a good person, who gave more than he expected in return," says Rainey. Captain Long is survived by his wife of 44 years, Becky, his 2 daughters, a son-in-law, and several siblings.
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