COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Patches from law enforcement uniforms from all over the world are flooding into Colorado Springs. The patches are to replace a collection burned in one of the homes during the Black Forest fire.
15 year old Kyle Jensen is the teen who will be receiving these special patches. They mean a lot to him. He started collecting them after the death of his Uncle, Jared Jensen in 2006. The Colorado Springs Police Officer was killed in the line of duty. The collection was meant to honor him.
Mark Haisley saw on the news that Kyle was hoping to get some patches to replace those that were burned up in the fire. Haisley's brother Steve is a former Chicago area police officer. Mark told his brother Steve and another retired officer, Jim Newton about Kyle's collection. The pair jumped at the chance to help the Black Forest teen. They've collected a bucket full of patches that will make their way to Kyle. Mark said it best about the reason why he and the other two had to do this for Kyle, "Anytime you help a child, it's a good thing to do."
The Jensen family didn't want to go on camera but a source close to the family told me, "It's amazing the support we've received from everyone. We never sought this kind of response. Originally we thought if we got a couple of dozen patches that would be neat. Now we are getting the patches from all over the world and we are so appreciative."
The patches are being delivered to the Stetson Hills Police Sub-Station in Colorado Springs. It's at 4110 Tutt Boulevard.
As soon as the collection is put together and on display, I'll show it to you.