A fundraiser will be held Thursday at the very same fast food restaurant where a San Diego Police Department officer performed his final act of kindness before being fatally shot in the line of duty.
In light of the 3rd anniversary of SDPD Officer Jeremy Henwood’s death, a fundraiser will be held at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 3879 Fairmount Ave. in City Heights from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will support the San Diego Police Officers Association Widows and Orphans Fund.
A remembrance ceremony celebrating Henwood’s life will also take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park at 3700 Fairmount Ave., the police department said.
Henwood, a beloved SDPD officer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was fatally shot on the job while sitting in his patrol car in City Heights on Aug. 7, 2011.
Suspect Dejon Marquee pulled up alongside Henwood’s vehicle and fired at the officer in an unprovoked attack. Marquee was later killed in a shootout with police officers outside his City Heights apartment.
Henwood died from injuries sustained in the attack.
San Diegans may remember Officer Henwood from a surveillance video captured just moments before his death at the McDonald’s restaurant on Fairmont Avenue. In the famous footage, the officer is seen buying food for a hungry child that he had never met.
Those last moments of his life have added to his legacy as a compassionate officer that many members of the San Diego community consider a hero.
In an emotional ceremony earlier this year, city leaders dedicated a park in City Heights to Henwood.
He was also honored at Mt. Soledad last fall for his time as a Marine Reservist who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.