Royals win consoles twin who lost brother in line of duty

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MARY'S, Kan. -- Since his death three weeks ago, we have learned about Topeka Police Corporal Jason Harwood's decorated police career and the details of his untimely death. Corporal Harwood was shot and killed during a traffic stop September 7, 2014. His brother Jeremy Harwood spoke exclusively to Fox 4's Shannon.

"I don't ever forget him, I look at him in the mirror every day," says Jeremy Harwood. He describes his brother as cool under pressure. "The whole world could be falling apart around him and nothing would phase him."

Jeremy Harwood is in a unique position. As a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper, not only did he lose his brother in blue, he lost his blood brother, even closer, his identical twin.

"That's more or less your soul mate for all eternity, you know? It's lonely," he said.

Harwood says the brothers were destined for careers in law enforcement.

"Growing up we knew this is what we wanted to do. We wanted to be in law enforcement," he said. Harwood says the brothers would practice, playing cops and robbers. "We catch the robber and then we would switch and the other guy would be the robber."

As adults, the two took jobs with different agencies, Jeremy with the Kansas Highway Patrol, and Jason with Topeka Police so the two could be close to each other.

"We went to calls together, we saw a lot of things together and had a lot of fun when we were working," Jeremy said.

Part of that fun, a daily phone call comparing notes about their days.

"I would call him to say, 'Hey, what did you do today?' and he would say and I would say and he would always one-up me, you know?"

The twins so close, they would finish each other's sentences and feel each other's pain.

"I broke my ankle and he said, 'Man, my ankle has been hurting, and I said, 'Well, I broke my ankle today,' and he said, 'Oh, no wonder.' It's just kind of weird how that worked."

Jeremy says he had no idea Jason had been shot until he got the call both brothers worried about and hoped would never come.

"First time he called he said Jason's been shot, get to the hospital. And he called me back and told me that he was gone. It was rough," he said. "Just took your breath away. You can't, you can't really function, you know?"

They say when a police officer falls, the rest stumble. Jeremy says the outpouring of support helps keep him on his feet. That, and signs from his twin. A big Royals fan. While watching the Wildcard playoff game Tuesday night, he began talking to Jason.

"I said, 'Hey if your Royals are going to win, I know I will see you again someday.' And that was when they were down 7 to 3 and then they just started plucking away and finally they won it in the 12th inning and I thought, 'Yep.' I was happy. I am going to see him again. So just tells me that everything is going to be okay, I am going to see him again."

Trooper Harwood is off work with a hand injury, and says going back to work will be difficult.

"The first time I put my uniform back on I am going to be thinking of him and that first stop I am going to make, he is the first thing that is going to pop into my head when I put the lights on. It's going to be different."

He says when he goes back, he will have someone else on his side. Not only is Corporal Harwood his soul mate, he is now his guardian angel.

"He's going to have to flap hard because he is going to have to keep up with me," he said. "He's going to have some trouble keeping up with me. I am going to go out and do it. Now I have to do it for two of us, not just me."

When asked what Jeremy wants everyone to know about Jason, he replied, "I want people to remember he was here to help people."

 

 

 

 

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