Fallen trooper Jaimie Lynn Jursevics honored as 'beacon of life'

DENVER - Colorado's law enforcement community paused Monday morning to honor one of their own, who was taken away from her family and from her public service much too soon.

Trooper Jaimie Lynn Jursevics' hearse was escorted to the service at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, by a massive phalanx of officers, deputies and firefighters.

Inside the church, troopers in dress uniform stood beside her flag-draped casket in front of the altar. On the other side of each trooper were pictures of Jursevics; One where she wore her uniform and another of her with the husband and baby she left behind.

Her husband carried their 8-month-old little girl in a procession past the closed casket.

Jursevics was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver on Nov. 15, as she was trying to use her flashlight to direct him to the side of Interstate 25.

"This is not only a tremendous loss for her families, but for all of Colorado," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "Trooper Jursevics exemplified what it means to be a member of the Colorado State Patrol."

Jursevics was born in Burke, South Dakota and raised in Rapid City.

Her history of public service began with a stint as a 911 dispatcher, before she became a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol.

"She was a beacon of life to all she knew and was an outstanding trooper," said Chief Scott Hernandez, of the Colorado State Patrol. "She was tenacious in the pursuit of justice and keeping others safe."

"She was a ball of fire, she was a go-getter, she was a hard worker, she was a friend and to all of us she was a sister," said Master Sgt. Shawn Olmstead.

The alleged drunk driver implicated in Jursevics' death has bonded out of jail. He is under investigation for vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a deadly accident, driving under the influence and careless driving causing death.

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