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Jeremy Henwood (In Memorial) Uncommon Valor In Peace & WarPoetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
An obscene act against an honorable man.
(CLEVELAND) - Most people heard about the tragic death of Jeremy Henwood, a San Diego city police officer who in his 'other life' was a U.S. Marine officer.
He was gunned down at a stoplight, unsuspecting, because he rolled up next to two criminals who assumed he may have been looking for them.
However while sitting in his police cruiser, waiting for the light to turn green, the passenger in the car next to Jeremy's pulled the trigger and his life came to an unsuspecting close.
Having recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, this Marine Captain had gone through a great deal to reach the point in his life that a rogue gunman would simply snuff him.
It is reprehensible, and the act was more than wrong, it was literally obscene.
This police and Marine officer had, just moments before being killed, helped a young lad pay for his cookies at McDonald's, and it was videotaped.
That was this man's final act, before being victimized by a stranger's bullet. The odds are almost certain that Jeremy did not know the men in the adjacent car were wanted.
Jeremy Henwood (In Memorial) Uncommon Valor In Peace & War
Wow! San Diego, California not Detroit, New York, Chicago or LA,
Whenever there is police intervention many will play the race card,
"Officer Friendly" is a term rarely associated in Black neighborhoods,
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, oh how true,
Soon afterwards a black Audi behind the police cruiser flashed its lights,
Mention a killer's name alongside a man who served his country well?
Jeremy leaves behind proud patents, loving brother & sister, must be hard,
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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