November 29, 2013

Officer Henwood

SAN DIEGO - Two years after San Diego police Officer Jeremy Henwood was killed while on duty, a documentary featuring the fallen officer honors his bravery, as well as the heroism of other law enforcement officers.

The film "Heroes Behind the Badge" is being shown at the Birch North Park Theater Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The movie recounts law enforcement officers and their families as they deal with the reality of injury and death while working to protect others.

"Jeremy's death struck every officer throughout the country. Every one of us felt that vulnerability because that could have been and still could be anyone of us," SDPD Capt. Todd Jarvis said in an interview in the film.

"He was shot not because he was Jeremy Henwood. He was shot because he was a police officer in a marked police car," Jarvis added.

Henwood's last act of service was caught on surveillance video on August 6, 2011. While at a McDonald's, Henwood bought cookies for a young boy who didn't have enough money. Minutes later, he was shot by a suicidal man in broad daylight -- the food in his patrol car was still warm.

"I think they're going to see a very accurate portrayal of what an officer experiences in those situations and you're also going to see the follow-up from the family who have to deal with the repercussions," said Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association.

Henwood survived two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He was a four-year member of the San Diego Police Department and a Marine reservist when he was killed at the age of 36.

"I think you will walk away with a brand new perspective on police officers and what they do in your city and county," Marvel said.


Subvet said...

Seems like it's been open season on cops ever since the 60's when "Off the pigs" became a popular expression. Feeling like a two-legged target and then folks wonder why the police are so distrustful of outsiders. But that isn't telling you anything new, is it Sig?

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I thank him and you for that thankless job no one else wants to do.

sig94 said...

Subvet - like soooo many others before me, people in LE or the military who willingly put themselves at risk for others have a different perspective on life. The longer you are away from the risk/stress of your chosen occupation the more clearly you see how your reactions to that risk may or may not seem reasonable.

sig94 said...

Thanks Odie, I consider myself blessed to have been able to do what I have done.

Jerry Kosik said...

Spent 31 years as a LEO! Badly injured but got out alive 26 years ago on retirement. Have two sons that are LEO's and we worry about them every time they work. My advice do let your guard down for a second. In this day and age even small kids are being taught hate and methods to harm or kill you. Sad state of affairs that does not seem to get any better with passing time.

sig94 said...

Jerry - I hear you bro. My thoughts for your kids as they suit up and suck it up for the s**t sandwich that our profession offers us every day. Stay well, I hope your injures still afford you the opportunity to enjoy your family. I know mine have come home to roost...