GLENDALE, Ariz. -- He was gunned down in the line of duty. Wednesday night, family, friends and fellow officers paid tribute to fallen Glendale Officer Bradley Jones.
In the darkest week of the live of the Jones family, the light of many candles was meant to console those most heartbroken by Jones' loss. The ones that knew Jones best said he would have downplayed what he did.
"If he was here he would say, I was just doing my job," said Jones' uncle, Tom Engstrom.
Each one of the families Jones was a part of is hurting. His parents and his wife, who wore the uniform Jones was proud to wear, and his babies, who are not even 6 years old, were among the crowd that gathered at Glendale Public Safety Memorial at Glendale Civic Center Plaza to celebrate the life of a man gone far too soon.
"His children wonder where he is and when he's going to come home," Engstrom said.
But it's not just his immediate family that's affected. It's also his second family, the men and women with whom he worked every day.
"We often spend more time with each other than with our real families," said Sgt. Joe Torrito, who worked with Jones. "I can honestly say that Brad was a big part of my family, and I'll miss him deeply."
But the biggest family Jones was a part of was that of Glendale, the city itself. He could be counted on in the line of duty, with both kindness and courage. It's that strength and humility and his ultimate sacrifice that brought out strangers and families to his vigil. The people who Jones lived to protect and serve turned out to honor him and his family's sacrifice.
Jones' uncle thanked the public for the memorials, the cards and the kind words. The family will hold a private visitation Thursday. A public visitation also will be held Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12951 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.
The funeral service will be Friday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. at Christ's Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria. Jones will be interred immediately after the service at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix.
A memorial fund has been established for Jones' family. The account number for the Bradley Jones Memorial Fund at Arizona Federal Credit Union is 822633. You also may contribute to the 100 Club of Arizona, which supports the families of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.