Ledgewood students dress up, raise money in memory of Rockford officer Jaimie Cox

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ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Students at Ledgewood Elemntary School honored fallen Rockford officer Jaimie Cox by wearing blue shirts on Wednesday.

Some students even wore shirts from the Jaimie Cox Foundation in memory of the officer. This comes on the 68th day of the school year.

Ledgewood chose this day to remember Officer Cox since his badge number was also 68. Cox was also schooled through the Kinnikinnick School District.

To help keep his memory alive, students, teachers and faculty wore blue and collected donations for the Jaimie Cox Memorial Fund.

Organizers say it serves as a great reminder to children that those working in law enforcement are on our side and are they to protect the community.

"It's important to teach the students that these are the people you call when you need something that's gone wrong, and it's okay to honor and respect those who put their lives out on the line for us," says Ledgewood teacher Julie Wiest. "I think it's nice to teach them what they do, the interactions that they make, and that they're not the bad guys."

Last year, the school collected more than $600 for the Jaimie Cox Memorial Fund.