Documentary honors fallen officer Jeremy Henwood

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SAN DIEGO –A special screening is scheduled for Tuesday evening that honors the life of fallen San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood.

The documentary, called Heroes Behind the Badge, features five officers from across the country shot in the line of duty.

“I didn’t used to be such an emotional person, I don’t think, but this really got to me,” said Henwood’s father Robbie. “Jeremy was truly a hero; you don’t see a lot of those.”

jeremyHenwood was shot and killed in an unprovoked attacked in August, 2011 in City Heights.

Bill Erfurth produced the documentary.

“We were particularly struck by the Jeremy Henwood story in that here’s a true hero in every sense of the word,” said Erfurth. “He was a hero serving his country as a Marine. He was a hero serving the community at large here as a police officer in San Diego.”

Jeremy’s father points out he was also a hero in death as he donated his organs.

“He really believed he could make a difference,” said Robbie Henwood. “He wanted to change the community. He volunteered to work at Mid-City.”

Henwood was caught on a McDonald’s surveillance video buying a snack for a small child in the neighborhood just minutes before being shot to death.

“It shows the character of not only him as a person but him as a police officer,” said Erfurth.

He said the documentary is meant to bring public awareness to the sacrifices officers make every day.   Every 54 hours an officer is killed in the line of duty.

“These folks are out there putting their lives on the line for complete strangers that they’ve never met before,” said Erfurth.

The film screening is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th at 7:30 p.m. at the Birch North Park Theater 2891 University Avenue, SD. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. with an honor guard, red carpet and raffle prizes.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Tickets are $20.00 and half of the money raised will go to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

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