Originally published on February 27th
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It was a friendship that seemed impossible. A college student, on the worst night of his life, meets the best person he can imagine.
Meet Minnesota State Patrolman Keenan Jones.
“I work as a dog watchman on the West Minneapolis subway,” says Jones. “I work from 9pm to 7am”
It was the job this military officer loved.
“Meet a lot of people, talk to people who aren’t always like me, and they have their own stories and experiences that they share with me,” Jones said.
And boy, that was true one fateful night four years ago. Jake Bosacker, a Minnesota native, who majored in criminal justice at Texas Christian University, was home for the Christmas break.
“I was downtown with some friends and trying to get home after a few drinks,” says Bosacker.
It’s been a pretty busy night for Trooper Jones.
“I think I caught two drunk drivers,” Jones said.
He heard another call about another erratic driver. Jones was back at the station to do some paperwork, but he had a feeling this was the call he needed to answer – and he was right.
“As soon as I come back [Highway] 100 there, he was right there in front of me, just woven all over the place,” Jones said. “I think I definitely have to stop.”
Bosacker said the next thing he remembered was the green light and the siren behind him. Jones said as he approached the vehicle, he found Bosacker “full of blood.”
Jones said: “Immediately smelled the strong alcohol he had been drinking. “He was pretty, quite upset, emotional about what was going on, beat himself up for finding out that he wanted to be a cop, so he thought his life was over. and he ruined every chance he could get as an office worker.”
Bosacker said he felt suicidal at that moment.
“[Jones] comforted me and he said my life is not over yet, and there may be some work to be done, but the journey can begin tonight,” said Bosacker. “I don’t remember the specific words he said to me, but I just remember how he made me feel.”
Instead of embarrassing Bosacker, Jones inspired him.
“A lot of us make mistakes, we’re not perfect,” Jones said. “The most important thing is that if you make a mistake, try to do better, not be the same person you were at the time that you made that mistake.”
And now Bosacker isn’t that person, because of that pivotal moment and poignant speech. He is now college graduate, sober and married.
Bosacker and his wife, Natalie, live in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I’m so proud of him,” Natalie said.
Bosacker was able to call Trooper Jones via Zoom and express his gratitude.
“Thank you for saving my life that night, and possibly someone else’s,” Bosacker said.
He is still dreaming of becoming an officer.
“I feel like if that’s still in God’s plan, I think he’s going to make it happen, and we’ll see where the road takes us,” Bosacker said.
And thanks to a soldier on duty, that path is leading him in the right direction.
“That’s what I do in this job, which is to help be the best person I can be and at the same time make others better,” Jones said.
Soldier Jones said he also learned from Bosacker. He has a goal of becoming a pilot, and he says Bosacker has inspired him to keep trying harder in life.
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The couple call each other friends and hope to meet in person one day.