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Memorial For San Diego Officer Killed In 2011 Follows Funeral Of Slain Cop

Officer Jeremy Henwood was killed in City Heights five years ago

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Photo credit: SDPOA Facebook event page

The San Diego Police Officers Association's Facebook event cover image shows a badge with a black band and an image of Officer Jeremy Henwood in uniform.

After one fallen San Diego cop was laid to rest last week, officers are preparing to honor another. A pre-planned celebration of life for fallen Officer Jeremy Henwood comes at a painful time for the police department.

When Officer Jeremy Henwood walked into a McDonald's on Aug. 6, 2011, he was approached by a young boy in need of extra change for some cookies. The officer struck up a conversation with the 13-year-old and bought him the treats before getting back in his patrol car.

Minutes later, Henwood was shot in the head while stopped at a traffic light on University Avenue in City Heights. He died the next day.

Five years later, his colleagues are honoring the fallen officer and his final act with a barbecue for the community.

The celebratory event comes just days after the funeral for Officer Jonathan De Guzman, who was shot to death in late July.

Community leader and activist Mark Arabo is funding the event and said it’s an opportunity for San Diegans to show the Police Department some much-needed support.

"It's a heart-breaking time for San Diego, and we want to show the Police Department and law enforcement that the community loves them, that we support them whole-heartedly," Arabo said. "And remind San Diegans that the ultimate sacrifices they make and their families make, just to keep us safe."

The 2:30 p.m. celebration at the Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park is free and open to the public. Donations are not required but will be collected in honor of Henwood and De Guzman.

The event will begin with a memorial ceremony followed by food service. The officers will be the cooks.

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