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Father talks about police officer killed on I-15

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For the first time, we are hearing from the father of the police officer killed on I-15 last weekend. Jason Prokop was rushing to help a driver he'd hit.

Prokop's dad says his son was the type of guy who would help anyone, a background that includes being a combat medic in the Army Reserves, where he met his wife. He says his son had a game plan for life and was living it proudly.

"He was a devoted father, a loving husband, he was a brother to so many," Stan Prokop said.

Stan Prokop says his son Jason served both his country with honor in the Army Reserves and the City of San Diego as a police officer. He says Jason had finished some work with his Army Reserve unit and was making his way to Central Division on Interstate 15 shortly after 3 a.m. on October 1, when police say he struck another car stopped in the number two lane.

"He got out to assess the situation to render aid when he was unfortunately struck by another southbound motorist," SDPD spokesperson Lt. Andra Brown said.

Stan, who lives here in San Diego, got a knock on his door, a knock he thought came from his son who may have lost his key. Instead it was a notification team from San Diego PD.

"There was Chief Lansdowne, Deputy Chief Long, Captain Jones, Captain Herb was his first name," Stan said.

They let him know about the tragedy that unfolded just hours earlier, a series of accidents that involved six vehicles and left Jason dead, along with the driver of the car he hit.

Stan Prokop recalls how dedicated his son was to his wife and sons.

"His shift would be over and he'd go to Arizona to be with his family and then come back right before his shift started," Stan said. "I couldn't think of a better dad. He was a better dad than I was."

As for getting through the tragic loss, it's a day-by-day situation.

"There are things that just keep me going, but one of these days I'm just going to break down," Stan said.

He adds that the San Diego Police Department and Jason's Army unit have helped them tremendously during this difficult time.

As of now, no services have been set for Jason Prokop. We'll pass those details along if they're made public.

Stan Prokop says for Jason's mother, hearing about her son's death was a double blow. Her mother had passed away recently as well.


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