Film honors life of slain San Diego police Officer Jeremy Henwood, others killed on duty

'Heroes Behind the Badge' premieres in North Park

SAN DIEGO - Two years after San Diego police Officer Jeremy Henwood was killed while on duty, a documentary featuring the fallen officer honors his bravery, as well as the heroism of other law enforcement officers.

The film "Heroes Behind the Badge" is being shown at the Birch North Park Theater Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The movie recounts law enforcement officers and their families as they deal with the reality of injury and death while working to protect others.

"Jeremy's death struck every officer throughout the country. Every one of us felt that vulnerability because that could have been and still could be anyone of us," SDPD Capt. Todd Jarvis said in an interview in the film.

"He was shot not because he was Jeremy Henwood. He was shot because he was a police officer in a marked police car," Jarvis added.

Henwood's last act of service was caught on surveillance video on August 6, 2011. While at a McDonald's, Henwood bought cookies for a young boy who didn't have enough money. Minutes later, he was shot by a suicidal man in broad daylight -- the food in his patrol car was still warm.

"I think they're going to see a very accurate portrayal of what an officer experiences in those situations and you're also going to see the follow-up from the family who have to deal with the repercussions," said Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association.

Henwood survived two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He was a four-year member of the San Diego Police Department and a Marine reservist when he was killed at the age of 36.

"I think you will walk away with a brand new perspective on police officers and what they do in your city and county," Marvel said.

The cost to see the movie is $20, with a portion of the proceeds going to the SDPOA Widows and Orphans Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

On Wednesday, McDonald's and the SDPOA will mark the two-year anniversary of Henwood's death with a fundraiser at the McDonald's restaurant on 3879 Fairmount Avenue.

A portion of proceeds from purchases made between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. will go to the SDPOA Widows and Orphans Memorial Fund.


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