Evansville police hosting fundraiser for Jasen Clegg
The former officer has developed a rare medical condition
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A former Evansville police officer is medically retired after an on-duty injury led to a rare condition and prolonged pain.
Jasen Clegg radioed into dispatch for a final time on Friday afternoon. Many of those working within the department wished him well as his police career came to a close.
“This is my last call,” Clegg said over the radio. “I appreciate dispatch for all you have done for me. Protecting me. Allowing me to go home at night.”
13 years, eight months and 22 days of dedicated service led to the medical retirement of Officer Jasen Clegg. He spent 12 years working the east sector, mostly during second shift.
“Being a cop will always be in my heart, will always be in my soul, and will always be in my blood,” Clegg shared.
The 43-year-old father of three hurt his ankle while helping another officer in the fall of 2019. The injury led to CRPS, which is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
It is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be helped with treatment.
“It has just changed our whole lifestyle a little bit,” Clegg shared.
Clegg joined Honor Guard in 2013 and was active in the Challenger League.
He says he enjoyed working as a patrolman and never had much interest in moving to a specialized unit.
Clegg has been honored with three bronze life-saving merit awards, which now sit on a shelf at home.
“Used my key fob for the last time to let me in the door,” Clegg recalled. “I had to ask someone to let us out when I’m used to just walking out.”
After being told he may never walk again, Clegg, with support from his family and former department, is determined to continue making progress.
“May not walk really good, may not walk very fast and I put one step before the other and it happens,” Clegg added.
“1328 is now out of service, Friday May 7, 2021, at 13:53 hours. Good luck, Cleggster - we will miss you,” dispatch expressed.
A fundraiser on Saturday will help his family with medical expenses.
Smoked pork butts can be picked up at the F.O.P. on Court Street from 4-6 p.m.
Advanced purchase of a catered BBQ dinner is also being held, including live music, a silent action and a half pot.
Monetary donations can be made payable to FOP Fight for Life.
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