NEW NEW UPDATE from 1/12/12: A reporter from a local news website who has been researching this story, says this in an email this morning: “He [Jay] died in the line of duty and what he was doing is supper, duper classified,…”
NEW UPDATE from 1/11/12: There is research still going on over this case about whether Jay Polk was killed or not. It is still possibly true that he was killed. To speculate why the DoD has not publicized his death yet, we understand that in certain black ops where lives are still in danger, info is carefully squeezed out – or not at all – until it’s over.
UPDATE FROM EDITOR: Unfortunately for all involved, there have been some real questions raised as to the validity of Jay’s death. Our original source was within Occupy San Diego, but who is now having second thoughts themselves. Their source was reportedly a member of Jay’s family. Others have been making calls and have found NO confirmation of his death, either at the DoD site, Jay’s hometown, there’s no funeral home, no obituary, no report of his death except via this family member. And that person is not returning calls.
Jay Polk –
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Sergeant Jay Polk was (maybe) killed while on active duty in the US Army.
Chef Jay as he was known, was part of the original band of activists who began Occupy San Diego in late September of last year.
In tasks and responsibilities for those first heady days and weeks of the San Diego version of Occupy Wall Street, Jay migrated over to the kitchen and food line, where he took up its management. And manage the food line he did – as he and other volunteers handed out free meals to the occupiers and homeless people alike over the next couple of months. At one point, the tent village that the movement had erected in the plaza next to City Hall, was handing out from 500 to a 1,000 meals a day!
Jay was a master sergeant in the US Army. In fact, at least two of the San Diego police officers ordered to monitor Occupy San Diego had been trained by Jay, and they still called him “Sarge.”
There is (maybe) a memorial for Jay this Thursday, January 12th, from 5 to 9 pm at Freedom Plaza Civic Center, with a candle light vigil at 6:30. There is also plans for a potluck and an effort to raise money for Jay’s family.
He leaves a family, his
wife partner Julie and 4 children, 2 of them newborn.