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Remembering Jeremy Henwood

Sen. Barbara Boxer

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Mr. President, today I am honored to pay tribute to San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood, who recently died in the line of duty at the age of 36. On August 6, 2011, Officer Henwood was shot by a suspect who pulled alongside his patrol car. He passed away several hours later.

In his 4-year career with the San Diego Police Department's Mid-City Division, Officer Henwood earned a reputation as a caring, dedicated officer, and committed leader. Everyday, he selflessly put his life on the line to protect the city he loved.

A strong believer in public service, Jeremy Henwood served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 15 years, first on active duty and later as Reservist. Major Henwood did two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He recently returned from deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he commanded a Marine logistics company.

Police Chief William Lansdowne has stated that Officer Henwood ``believed he was a protector and his job was to save others.'' One of his colleagues called him ``a true hero who not only served this country, but served this city.'' A generous and courageous man in life, Officer Henwood's organs were donated to save other lives.

Officer Henwood is survived by his mother Beverly, his father Robbie, and younger siblings Robbie Junior and Emily. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this tragic time. I also send my deepest condolences to Officer Henwood's colleagues in the San Diego Police Department, who continue to serve our community and protect our people.