By Mike Bush
St. Charles, MO (KSDK) - For years now, NewsChannel 5 has been committed to showing you good news on the news with Mike Bush's Making a Difference reports.
Now that the Olympics are underway, we wanted to highlight some community gold medalists to help the causes of some of these unsung heroes.
In the first of ten stories, we take you to St. Charles.
"Most of his colleagues would say that he had a knack for what he did," said Anette Jansen.
Jansen's husband, Grant Jansen, was an officer with the St. Charles Police Department. On September 10, 2008, he was killed in the line of duty, turning the world on its head for a then-pregnant Annette and the couple's two young children.
"I felt like I had an obligation to not only my husband, but to all of his family and friends and coworkers and even myself to kind of give back along the same lines as hard as he worked to help keep the streets clean," she said.
Annette found a way to turn a tragic blow into a blessing by founding the Grant Anthony Jansen Memorial Foundation.
"We started the foundation to grant a $1,000 scholarship to one recruit from each class at the Eastern Missouri Police Academy in his name," said Annette.
Last week, Annette handed out the foundation's eleventh scholarship at the academy as she continues to ensure that her husband's work as a police officer continues far into the future.
NewsChannel 5 gave Annette a plaque and a check for $500 to help her continue her great work.
A trivia night will be held September 14th at Immanuel Lutheran Reception Hall in St. Charles. For information on how to help, visit the Grant Anthony Jansen Memorial Foundation website.