Glen Powell is honoring his childhood friend, police officer Justin Putman, who was tragically killed in the line of duty on April 18th, 2020 in San Marcos, Texas.
Justin and two other officers were gunned down when reporting to a house after receiving a 911 call. The gunman then turned the gun on himself. The other two officers remain in critical condition.
“He’d been one of my closest friends since I was eleven years old,” reminisced Glen, who next stars in the Top Gun reboot. “This past week I’ve been reflecting on our friendship, living in memories, watching old videos, and trying to sum up someone who marched alongside me in so many different chapters of my life and whose approach to life really helped define my own.”
“Justin was a spark of joy. He was goofy, enthusiastic, fearless, and loyal. Justin loved everyone and everyone loved him; he had an ability to make everyone feel like his best friend. It’s what made him a great officer. He was the type of guy you wanted to carry that badge.”
“But I can’t think of Justin without thinking of the twinkle of mischief in his eyes. He would do just about anything for a good story or to make people laugh. I always found it truly hilarious that the guy who convinced me to break more laws as a teenager became a police officer. But it made sense because he was always a protector, of his family, his friends, and to anyone who needed help. He always said that being an officer gave him such happiness because everyday he could come to the rescue of someone in need.”
“These are uncertain times that highlight the things we can take for granted. But more importantly the people we can take for granted. Tomorrow isn’t promised, but today please thank the men and women putting themselves in harm’s way to ensure our safety.”
“I’ll miss you, JPut. See you on the other side.
Donations can be made to:
Family of Officer Justin Putnam
C/O Interim Police Chief Bob Klett
San Marcos Police Department
2300 S I-35
San Marcos, TX 78666″
Swipe through the below photos of Glen and Justin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of their loved ones during this difficult time.
Glen Powell Mourns Loss of Childhood Friend, Officer Justin Putnam