Jewelry store designs bracelets in memory of fallen officers, benefitting their families

TOWN OF CLAY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — When two officers were shot and killed in the line of duty, Alexis Hayden was 4,000 miles away on her honeymoon in Italy.

But as soon as she learned about the deaths of Lieutenant Michael Hoosock and Officer Michael Jensen, she got to work.

“My sister’s boyfriend is a New York City police officer,” said Hayden. “When this all happened in New York City, it kind of struck like a part of me that touched home. Then when it happened here, I had to do something.”

From Italy, the third-generation jewelry store owner began a fundraiser selling bracelets in the officers’ memories. Every penny raised would be donated to the Hoosock and Jensen families.

She chose a company that made something similar after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“We went through a couple different ones,” recalls Hayden.” We went through completely blue bracelet, completely black bracelet, but I wanted to tie the two colors together.”

Black and dark blue beads, the colors worn by each of the officers as part of their department uniforms. Each bracelet has a dangling charm that reads “hero.”

“If I sold 50 of them, I’d be happy,” she said.

She announced the sale on her family business’ Facebook page.

“The first day, the phones did not stop ringing,” said Alexis. “Everybody looked at me like, ‘Uh oh.’”

Hayden Jewelers can’t keep up with sales. More are being pre-ordered than are made and delivered per week. The sales have raised more than $13,000, which will be split and donated to each family through each police department.

Sales will continue so the additional proceeds can go to general funds that support the Syracuse Police Department and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Alexis suggests people pre-order because the bracelets won’t be in stock until she catches up with existing orders.

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