Nephew of police officer killed in the line of duty trying to replace patch collection lost in fire

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - A family that lost their home in the Black Forest Fire is asking for the public's help to replace their son's collection of police patches.

Kyle Jensen was five when his uncle, Colorado Springs Police officer Jared Jensen, was killed in the line of duty in 2006. Kyle's dad, Jeff Jensen, is also a Colorado Springs Police officer.

After Jared's murder, Jeff took Kyle to see the law enforcement memorial in Washington, D.C. There, Kyle made an etching of his uncle's name on the memorial. He also met officers from around the country and decided to start collecting patches from as many police departments as he could.

That collection burned in the Black Forest Fire, according to Charley Barnes on K99 radio in Greeley.

"If you are a police officer, or know someone who is, please share this story with them," Barnes wrote on his blog. "If you can find it in your heart, please send a patch from your Police Department.  It doesn’t matter where you are located; the further the better."

The Aurora Police Department posted on Facebook that its officers donated over 180 patches of their own to Kyle.

"We're getting called from around the country," said Barbara Miller with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Patches can be sent to the attention of Jeff Jensen, Colorado Springs Police Dept., 4110 Tutt Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80922.