March 27, 2020, is a day that the Jenkins family, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Nevada Police Union, and all Nevadans who value our brave officers will never forget.
Sergeant Benjamin Jenkins was patrolling Highway 93 north of Ely, Nevada early that Friday morning when he stopped to assist a driver on the side of the road. The motorist, later identified as John Dabritz, went on to fatally shoot Sergeant Benjamin Jenkins.
Dabritz was arrested near Cherry Creek, Nevada, after eventually crashing the police vehicle. His sentence has yet to be determined.
As a veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, Sgt. Jenkins was no stranger to the uniform. He served with the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division and with the Nevada Division of Forestry before serving with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 12 years, first as a trooper in Jackpot, Nevada and then promoted as a sergeant in Elko, Nevada.
The Celebration of Life for Sgt. Jenkins was held on July 8, 2020, which featured a procession of authorized vehicles from Burns Funeral Home to Elko High School’s Warrior Field. It was live-streamed on the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page.
Sgt. Jenkins is survived by his mother, wife, four children, and five grandchildren who released a statement thanking Nevadans for their support.
To those who participated in Ben’s escort as well as the many people who came out in the cold and lined the roadways and streets with flags and people, all the way from Vegas to Elko to bring Ben home: We say Thank You. Through this most difficult time it has warmed our hearts to see just how many people care, not only about us but about Ben in general.
There are no words that can adequately express how grateful we are to our amazing community as well as the rest of the State of Nevada and surrounding states, for all of the support and wonderful tributes that have been paid to our husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, and friend Sergeant Benjamin Jenkins.
Thank you to everyone who has brought food and sent beautiful floral arrangements. We appreciate the numerous texts and calls offering moral support and sympathy. The many acts of kindness, love, and support during this time will always be remembered by us all.
Most of all to our Law Enforcement and Emergency Services families: having you stand guard over our family brought so much comfort to us, and knowing we have your unwavering support during this tragedy means more to us than we will ever be able to convey to you. From the bottom of all our hearts, THANK YOU.
Nevada Police Union
NPU is saddened by the loss of Sgt. Jenkins and will continue to support his family in this difficult time. As the second-largest police union in Nevada, we work hard to fight for better representation for Nevada’s peace officers. While we cannot protect peace officers from the dangers of taking the oath to serve and protect, we can protect them from unfair working conditions.
As your union, we will always look for ways to maximize your safety in this dangerous world we live and work in. We will always stand shoulder to shoulder with all the people we serve in our great state and with those who have chosen this noble and honorable profession.
Sergeant Benjamin Jenkins’ End of Watch was March 27, 2020, but he will always remind us of why we wear the badge. He will never be forgotten.