LOUDON, Tenn. (WATE) – A charity golf tournament honoring the legacy of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sgt. Chris Jenkins is expected to start next week. Organizers say the tournament will benefit his family.
Jenkins, who had served with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office since 2002, was struck and killed Feb. 3 by a tractor-trailer along Interstate 75 while responding to a report from a ladder on pavement. The driver of the tractor-trailer has since been charged with charges related to the fatal incident and another driver who investigators believe was responsible for the ladder has also been charged and pleaded guilty.
As the tragedy struck the hearts of many who knew and loved Sgt. Jenkins, as well as outsiders seeking to support law enforcement – the greater community responded in the following months with several events to honor him. The golf tournament is another example of Jenkins’ family rallying support. All proceeds from the golf tournament will go to their aid.
The The Chris Jenkins Memorial Golf Tournament takes place at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 26 at the Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon. Registrations are open and can be found here.
On the day of the golf tournament, registration begins at 11 a.m., shooting begins at 1 p.m. Packed lunch and buffet dinner, beer and soft drinks will be offered. Mulligans and raffle tickets will also be on sale. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place team, closest to the pin, longest drive, putt contest, hole-in-one and beat the pro.
Jenkins was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served at the LCSO for 20 years, where he was a ranked sergeant and supervisor, K-9 unit officer, patrol assistant, and corrections assistant. Prior to his service for the United States and Loudon County, he graduated from Loudon High School in 1992.
A few weeks after his death in the line of duty, Jenkins’ LCSO badge number, patrol unit and K-9 partner “Deja” was passed on to his son, LCSO Deputy Clay Jenkins, who told WATE 6 On Your Side that he believed God has a plan for everything, and he would carry on his father’s legacy in service to others.
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