Officer Amanda AJ K. Jackson 23 of Verge St. Springfield died Wednesday November 9, 2005 after a valiant battle with cancer. Her loving family, and faithful dog were at her side. Born June 17, 1982 in Albuquerque, NM she was the daughter of Lynda L. (Demaline) Jackson. A 2000 graduate of Springfield’s Sci-Tech High School. She was a soccer player and was named an All State Member. AJ loved children and helping children, she was Assistant soccer coach at Sci-Tech, and at Granby High School. She was the driving force with the Town of Granby DARE basketball camp, and was the Granby Middle School Basketball coach. AJ also worked with troubled teens with the Department of Youth Services. Proud to serve her country, Amanda was a member of the Army National Guard and attained the rank of E4 – SPC. AJ was appointed an auxiliary police office for the Town of Granby in December of 2001, then as a full time dispatcher in January of 2003, in July of 2004 she gladly accepted the appointment of being a police woman. In March of 2004 she was received a Save Award from the Western Massachusetts EMS Services. She was also a member of Granby’s IBPOE. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Hampden. She is survived by her mother, Lynda L. (Demaline) Jackson, her sister Shawna M. Jackson, a brother Shane T. Jackson and a special niece Katelynn M. Trainor all of Springfield, MA Her uncles Butch and Thomas Demaline. AJ will also be missed by her cherished dog Mia. There are also many extended family members and friends as well as countless young adults and children that AJ’s life touched that will miss her.
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Family and friends may gather for funeral services Monday afternoon November 14, 2005 at 1 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church 216 Allen St. Hampden, MA 01036 with the Rev. Brian MacLeod Officiating.