ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Colleen Alms is one of many people remembering Jaimie Cox.
"He'd light up a room. You couldn't help but laugh, you know? If you met Jaimie, I mean, people fell in love with him," says Alms.
Alms taught at Roscoe Middle school while Cox was a student there.
"He would come in my room, and he had this spikey hair, and he stuck out amongst his friends because he was always smiling, that kid never stopped."
She says he was a hard worker and became friends with her and her husband through their mutual love of wakeboarding.
"I just remember him saying, 'Jaimie's gone,' and I felt so bad for my husband because he loved that kid."
After leaving Roscoe Middle School. Cox graduated from Hononegah in 2006. Years later, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army National Guard.
"I remember him saying that he wanted to make something of himself, and he did."
He was a part of the Law Enforcement Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
"He always wanted to be DNR officer and lo and behold, he became one."
He then became an officer with the Rockford Police Department in December 2016.
Alms feels Cox's impact will last forever.
"I think people should look at this tragic event and learn from it and realize that there are people who make sacrifices every day. This was just another hero among us."