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Trooper honored on 5th anniversary of death

(WMC-TV) - Mid-South law enforcement officers came together in a Sea of Blue memorial Friday for the fifth anniversary of the murder of Trooper Calvin Jenks.

The 24-year-old was killed during a traffic stop in Tipton County.

Officers made the drive to Highway 14 in Tipton County to honor Jenks.

"Awful night," said Lt. Cary Hopkins with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  "Longest night of my career.  Just something that hangs with you."

Area residents joined the men and women in uniform at the single white cross on the side of the road.

The two men convicted of shooting Jenks to death on January 6, 2007 are serving life sentences in prison.

"Every day that I go by the spot, it's always fresh on my mind," said Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley.  "The memorial is there on the side of Highway 14 and I can't help but think about it.  I made the scene that night."

Along with honoring Jenks and other fallen law enforcement officers, the drive to where Jenks was found lying on the dark road in front of his patrol car is a reminder of the constant dangers officers face.

"Not only what happened, but the dangers we face in law enforcement every day," said Chumley.  "It's current, it's real, and it's here."

The drive repeats the last one Jenks took before his death.  It starts at the Criminal Justice Complex and ends where he was found by hunters that night.

Officers were honored to find out that Jenks' youngest brother plans to become a state trooper.  He will be going through the academy soon.

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