Jake was initially an unlikely hero, but his checkered past helped in Jericho's trying times.
He took charge of getting people to safety, and eventually people came to look upon him as a leader.
In Season 2, with the garrisoning and reconstruction of Jericho by the Allied States of America (ASA) Army, the area's military commander and chief administrator, Major Edward Beck.
recognized Jake as one the others follow and listen to in the heat of conflict and appointed him Sheriff.
Emily almost hates Jake for a time, and is more strongly estranged from her father.
At the time of the bombings, Emily, like Heather Lisinski, is a school teacher (whose pupils include Dale Turner).
Emily Sullivan-Prowse (portrayed by Ashley Scott) is Jonah Prowse's daughter and has lived in Jericho all her life.
Jake was once a member of Jonah Prowse's group of survivalists; and, after a botched armed robbery job, in which Chris Sullivan (Jonah's son and the brother of Jake's girlfriend, Emily Sullivan) was killed, Jake fled Jericho.
Unknown to the rest of the town, Hawkins is deeply involved in clandestine activities.
These include secret communications with unknown persons through a locked laptop computer, the monitoring of shortwave radio messages, and the storage of a large unmarked barrel containing the 20-kiloton (kt) nuclear device that he was assigned to deliver to Columbus, Ohio, and detonate.
Jake graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (prior to leaving Jericho for five years).
He had initially started flying with his grandfather when he was a teen, and has over 1,500 total flight hours.