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Son of slain Huntington officer to follow in father's footsteps

John Edward Logan, Jr. John Edward Logan, Jr.
Jareb Logan Jareb Logan

By Holley Nees - bio | email

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) – Since he was little, Jareb Logan has always wanted to be just like his dad.

"My dad was definitely my hero," said Logan. "He did his job well and he loved his job."

It's the seven year anniversary of the day his father, Huntington Police Officer John Logan, Jr., was killed in the line of duty.

"It's a good thing though for people to come out here and remember not just my father, but all the officers and soldiers that we have that go out every day and serve our country," Logan said.

Soon, he'll be one of those serving. Logan is about to graduate from the Angelina College Police Academy. The young cadet is carrying on his father's legacy.

"Whenever he'd leave the house, I would always look out the window, watch him pull out," Logan remembered. "So that's what I've always wanted to do."

"He's got some big shoes he's going to have to fill, but he's a good kid," said the slain officer's former relief partner John Cooper. "He reminds me a lot of his daddy."

Across town, there's a cross in John Logan's honor. It stands just off Hwy. 69 South on Gibsonville Road. It was there that Logan made the traffic stop to serve a felony warrant when he was shot and killed.

"It just makes me more alert, more aware," said Logan. "It makes me be a better officer."

He holds on to his dad's memory and prepares to wear a gun and badge of his own.

"He loved his daddy so much and...to see him following in his daddy's footstep, I know his daddy is just so proud of him," said Shirley Odom, the cadet's great aunt.

"To see officer Logan's son now, sort of pick up the torch and continue to run with it makes me feel very proud today," said Huntington Police Chief Bobby Epperly, Jr.

The 20-year-old said for him, the job is about changing someone's life and that's what he plans to do.

"He knows the dangers and he's still willing to do what I guess he was born to do," said Cooper. "It's in his blood and once it's planted there, it's hard to get out."

Jareb Logan will graduate from the police academy in two weeks.

He's going to try to get a job in a bigger city.

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