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His Last Act was one of Kindness and BrotherhoodBob Collinsworth Salem-News.com
The ultimate loss...
(SAN DIEGO) - Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36, a San Diego police officer, was gunned down in an unprovoked attack. Dejon Marquee White,
Jeremy Henwood had recently completed his third tour of combat duty as a Captain in the Marine Corps (1 in Afghanistan and two in Iraq).
This piece is not about Jeremy Henwood’s service record nor is it about his past as a son, brother, or police officer. It is about his last 15 minutes of life, which exemplified him as a kind and loving human being. The following video helps personify Officer Henwood.
It speaks to the kind of man he was.
In this video you will see a 13 year old young man approach Officer Henwood and ask for a dime because he was short that much to buy some cookies at the MacDonald’s restaurant they were visiting. You will see Officer Henwood open his wallet and buy the young man the cookies he wanted.
Yes, it was a small act of kindness but it defined to the world the type of man who would be taken from us a few short minutes later. A man whose only thought was to make a 13 year old happy with a few cookies.
In the following video, you will hear the 13-year-old (Daveon Tinsley) tell of the meeting in his own words:
We could focus on the loss of life – both of Jeremy Henwood and Dejon Marquee White. We could concentrate on what type of environment enables such acts of violence. However, the last act of his life speaks to us and says volumes. It tells us that love and kindness reach out to others and warm our own hearts at the same time.
The short conversation between Jeremy Henwood and Daveon Tinsley created a link of kindness and kinship between two lives.
That link would not have been created by anger or hatred... it was created by brotherhood. It was as if Jeremy reached out to Daveon and said, “I may not know you but I know you are my little brother”.
We never know what tomorrow holds. We know that the act of kindness shown by Jeremy Henwood did not save his life but what impact will that act of kindness have on the life of Daveon Tinsley? The first time that young man ever approached a police officer and he was treated with kindness and shown personal interest. It would not hurt any of us to learn a lesson from Jeremy Henwood or from Daveon Tinsley. A hand extended in kindness is fondly remembered and could be life changing.
We reap what we sow folks. I did not know Officer Henwood but I will never forget him... not because of his three tours of combat duty . . . not because of his time on the San Diego P.D.... but because of his last kind act to a young man who wanted a cookie! While kindness and brotherhood may not hit as hard as a fist, it is never forgotten... but, that is just my opinion!
Writer Robert Collinsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present.
These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."
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