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A tribute to Sergeant Marty Jackson


On Sunday, April 14th, a shining light in our community moved on.

Sergeant William “Marty” Jackson passed away this week.

Sergeant Jackson was a law enforcement officer 47 years with the Winchester Police Department, even previously rising to be Police Chief.

Marty was one of Winchester’s finest and everybody loved him. He was a key part of our community and this city and county will miss him dearly. 

“Sergeant Jackson was a dedicated law enforcement officer for nearly 50 years,’ said Winchester Mayor JoEllen Reed. “He loved his community and continued keeping a watchful eye on our community until his final moments. He will be missed.”

Nearly every student at GRC has encountered him some time or another. Even up to the day he passed away he served our school system as a traffic control officer during morning arrival and afternoon departure for RDC Junior High, and most of the time his puppy was in the cruiser as he directed the traffic.

The GRC student body will severely miss Sergeant Jackson. He was a key part of our community and was a positive influence on our community and our youth.

Several students at GRC are in the Police Explorers program which allows them to go on ride alongs and get experience in the police force. Sergeant Jackson helped with this program.

“He was always very kind and someone me and my fellow explorers would look up to because he has accomplished so many amazing things during his time with the Winchester P.D.,” said GRC student Andrew Oliver. “Even though I didn’t know Marty well personally, he is still somebody I won’t forget, along with everything he’s done for Winchester.” 

Sergeant Jackson’s legacy will live on through our community and our top-of-the-line police department.

Sergeant Jackson, Clark County Public Schools students will remember your legacy and continue to thank you for your unwavering support and service to our students’ safety every morning and afternoon. 

We love you, Unit 38.

Sergeant Jackson, rest in peace. 

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Hello! My name is Cole and I am a three-sport athlete. I play soccer and am a national medalist Olympic weightlifter with StrengthFix. I like to spend my free time taking my Mustang to car shows and going to the gym. I live on a large farm in rural Clark County and am the 7th generation of my family to live on this farm. I help run our cattle farm with my grandpa and together we take care of around 250 head of cattle. I am also the treasurer of our Clark County FFA Chapter. I also have two dogs, Trip and Rose, who are the sweetest, but also the hairiest, so they shed a lot!

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My name is Owen Rainey, and I am a senior member of the Smoke Signals staff. I play soccer for GRC and am involved in Beta Club and National Honor Society. I love being active and staying in shape, but I don’t necessarily like lifting weights. I’m more of a calisthenics kind of guy. I believe pineapple on pizza should be classified as a federal crime. I’m an only child and, but somehow the dog is my parent’s favorite. My proudest accomplishment is being the “voice” of a child with Cerebral Palsy, Lane Hartzel. My greatest claim to fame is having my shirt in a commercial. There are a lot of different things that make me who I am, and this is just a small part of that. Also, shoutout to Ryan Jackson.

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    Justin WilliamsApr 21, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    I was going through some stuff in my garage the day marty passed. As i was searching i came across my old DARE trophy i received from marty in the 5th grade. I smiled as i pulled it out remembering marty teaching that class all those years ago. I tucked it away put it back; ive thought about taking it to pout it on his cruiser. Every time i do i hear his soft assuring voice say No you use it to teach yours. So i tuck it back away. Rest peacefully marty i hope raleigh welcomed you at the gates like any partner would.

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    David GreeneApr 20, 2024 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve known him for over 40 years and he’s never changed. The very best Winchester has ever had. Rest in peace my friend.