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Syracuse Police Officer Michael Jensen: A Life Cut Short

Michael Jensen, a dedicated athlete with a background in business, who transitioned from accounting to serving in the Syracuse Police Department, tragically lost his life to a gunman on April 14 at the age of 29. His funeral took place in Rome, New York, on Saturday.

Jensen, along with another law enforcement officer, was fatally shot outside a residence in Salina while on duty. The community gathered at St. John the Baptist Church in Rome, Jensen’s hometown, for a heartfelt funeral service to honor his memory. Following the service, he was laid to rest in a private ceremony at St. John’s Cemetery.

During the service, Jared Groff, Jensen’s soon-to-be brother-in-law, reflected on Jensen’s impact, remarking on his vibrant personality and the lasting impression he left on everyone he encountered.

“He was supposed to be the man of honor at my wedding in October, which is going to be very hard,” shared Jensen’s sister ShelliAnn Jensen, reminiscing about his supportive and jovial nature.

Jensen, who was deeply committed to his role as a Syracuse police officer, was mourned by a procession of vehicles escorting his body back home, a gesture of gratitude for his service and sacrifice. Buildings in Syracuse paid tribute to Jensen and another fallen officer, Michael Hoosock, who were victims of an ambush attack.

His father, Paul Jensen, fondly recalled Jensen’s selfless acts of heroism and his unwavering dedication to helping others, even before he joined law enforcement.

A graduate of Rome Free Academy and Le Moyne College, Jensen excelled in sports and academics, leaving a legacy both on and off the field. He made the transition from an accounting career to law enforcement, where he was recognized for his exceptional work ethic and community engagement.

Jensen’s warm smile, effective crime-fighting skills, and friendly demeanor endeared him to colleagues and residents alike. He was posthumously honored as Officer of the Month for his outstanding service.

Despite his untimely passing, Jensen’s spirit lives on through the memories shared by his loved ones and the community. His passion for sports, particularly his love for the Buffalo Bills, showcased his vibrant personality and dedication to his interests.

In remembrance of Jensen, the family has requested memorial contributions to be made to organizations close to his heart, including the Rome Youth Hockey Association and the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association.