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The police department in Oklahoma showed their appreciation for the singer after he seemingly paid tribute to their officer during one of his concerts.
Sgt. C.J. Nelson was the first officer to lose his life in the line of duty at the Edmond Police Department since they were founded over 130 years ago. The Sergeant continued to serve others after he passed by donating to LifeShare, a non-profit organization that recovers organs and tissue from donors used for life-changing transplants. Nelson was on duty when his motorcycle and four other vehicles were hit by a utility truck while stopped at a red light. Nelson was transported to OU Medical Center where he later passed away from his injuries.
“Sergeant Nelson’s passing leaves a hole in the lives of those who loved him and in the community of Edmond that will never be filled,” the Edmond Police Department said in a statement.
Sergeant Nelson is survived by his wife and two children, and served nearly 13 years at the Edmond Police Department.
Jelly Roll is shown on stage at a recent concert talking to the audience between songs when he points out someone in the crowd who was wearing a memorial shirt seemingly honoring the fallen officer. The Edmond Police Department shared a video of the interaction on Facebook where Jelly Roll is heard saying, “I want to to say rest in peace to CJ. I love you and I’m glad your family’s here. I’m praying for y’all.”
The department has been trying to reach Jelly Roll so they can give him his own shirt to honor the fallen officer, but they recently updated their status sharing the shirt was actually honoring another life lost too soon.
The post stated, “Yesterday we shared a video from the Jelly Roll concert where he called out a fan wearing a CJ memorial shirt. We were led to believe that it was for Sgt. CJ Nelson. We’ve now learned it was for a different CJ. We apologize for our honest mistake. No disrespect to the friends, family, or memory of this CJ!”
This isn’t the first time the “Need a Favor” singer has called out someone in the crowd during one of his shows. He recently stopped a concert to thank a veteran for his service, saying the gentleman would never have to pay for a ticket to one of his concerts again. It is obvious that Jelly Roll has a heart for his country, and we love him for it.
Watch the video below to see Jelly Roll honor CJ.