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June 29, 2016

She Was Pregnant When Her Husband Was Killed In the Line of Duty. Here’s Her Photographic Tribute To Him.

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A baby girl due in July 2016 will have a bittersweet entrance into the world, and in a new series of emotional pregnancy photographs her mother is showing all of us why.

Allen Jacobs, a police officer in Greenville, S.C., is the baby’s father. He was shot and killed by a teenage gunman in March of 2016.
His wife Meghan Jacobs enlisted her longtime friend, photographer Jessie Ellex, and her late husband’s colleagues at the Greenville Police
Department, to help her pay tribute to her fallen husband in an emotional five hour shoot. The photos were taken on Father’s Day 2016, and
several of them show the officers standing in a semicircle around Meghan, saluting their fallen comrade.

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Ellex said that more than 600 photos were taken during the shoot, and she only posted a small sample on her Facebook page.
She wrote on the page, “Not only am I the photographer, but I am the best friend of the mother-to-be for 15+ years and
Allen’s death hit me hard.”

According to Ellex, Officer Allen Jacobs was also a decorated army veteran. Ellex said it was an “honor” to capture the photographs.

“Meghan had the idea to include the policeman in her photos, since she had to do this without her beloved husband,” Ellex said. “They are now her protectors.”

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One of the photos shows Meghan holding up her iPhone to her stomach with Allen Jacobs’ photo on it. This photo was inspired by one of Allen and Meghan’s engagement photos.

“I worked two days to edit that photo to include him in one of the pictures,” Ellex says. “And that one is one of my favorites.”

Every photo in the series captures a moment more touching and meaningful than the last–from the folded flag that was draped over Allen’s casket at his funeral, to Allen’s badge wrapped around

Meghan’s belly with a blue ribbon. The photos won’t end after the baby, who will be named Lennox, is born in July 2016. Meghan plans to take more photos with the baby in order to demonstrate that her father’s spirit lives on in her, and that he will always be present, protecting her throughout her life.

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Another photo shows a onesie that Lennox will wear when she’s born. It reads, “My hero wears a badge in heaven. I call him Daddy,” complete with an outline of a Greenville Police Department badge. It’s hard not to tear up when you see something so powerful.

 

The pictures go onto show Allen’s boots with no one to fill them, juxtaposed with Lennox’s ultrasound photo and a pair of pink baby sneakers. Another one shows Meghan wearing a GPD uniform shirt and clutching her stomach, a fierce, protective look in her eyes. In another photo, she sits on the hood of a white police cruiser, surrounded by officers in blue uniforms, saluting her and the unborn baby.

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Each photo is a testament to the honor and esteem her husband was held in, and how tragic it was that he died in the line of duty trying to keep his community safe. But each one shows that his spirit will live on through his wife and child.

“The world lost a police officer, but we lost our dear friend, husband, father, son and brother,” Ellex said.

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“I hope that my photographs can help (Meghan) heal and others who may be going through the same situation.”

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The growing baby is visible in two ultrasound photos Meghan posted. She wrote this note to her husband beside the photos:

“I miss you so much! Doc checked today. Our Baby girl is great. I love you so much.”

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