Jones always talked about going into the Marines, Morrison said.
"He had an inward call to service even before he finished high school," he said.
A family member tried to talk him out of becoming a Charleston police officer, Morrison said.
"He could have taken a lesser employment, with less danger. But he wanted to be a policeman," he said.
A Marine who served with Jones read a letter written by Jones as a young Marine.
"Dear Americans, I would like to explain why I do what I do," the Marine read. "I live in this country and I love the people in it. I have always felt like it was my place to proudly serve and protect our freedom as well as the rights of people in other countries."
Chief Webster approached the podium with his hat low over his eyes.
"I apologize, I can't look at the crowd," he said, his voice shaking and pausing. "First to family and friends of Patrolman Jones ... we've always loved him, always cherished him. ... Most of all we will miss him and never forget him. To my brothers and sisters of the Charleston Police Department: We will grieve and we will learn from this. Most importantly, we will stay together and continue to serve the city of Charleston."
Charleston Police Sgt. Eric Johnson, Jones' shift commander, was the last Charleston police officer shot in the line of duty. He stood on the podium, his policeman's hat at his side. He said he and all the officers on his shift were proud of the way Jones handled himself Sunday night.
He said it was the B shift's second-to-last night shift for a couple of months. Early Saturday evening, Jones and other officers were eating dinner together, discussing that they had made it through a string of night shifts without having an officer injured.
Of the chase that preceded the deaths, Johnson said the officers were tracking a violent criminal who had proven that he wasn't going to be taken down easily.
"[Jones] was running into battle just as any good cop would do. And he lost his life," Johnson said.
He said the officers on their shift, along with all Charleston police, had a duty to learn from the incident and to become better police because of it.
"Are we going to allow the sorrow, the grief, the pain in our guts, are we going to allow it to tear us apart?" he asked. "Or as a group are we going to celebrate Jerry's life and pull together?
"Now ask yourself, what would Jerry want? As hard as it is to look at it that way, I think we all know what Jerry would want."
Johnson also addressed Jones' wife.
"I want you to know, here in front of all of these people, our shift, we will not forget you. We will not abandon you," he said. "We are here for you when you need us."
When Johnson finished speaking, a police radio began playing over the public address system. It was a tape of B shift retiring Jones' unit number, 155, over the radio. As Sgt. Johnson called out their car numbers, each officer on B shift responded. When Johnson called car 107, Jones' car, there was only silence.