Indoor triathlon held in honor of Jeremy Henwood: Money raised from event benefits needy children

SAN DIEGO - An indoor triathlon was held to honor fallen San Diego police officer Jeremy Henwood.

Surveillance video from Aug. 6, 2011 shows Henwood at a McDonalds moments before he was shot and killed. In the video is his last act of kindness: buying a 10-year-old boy cookies and a meal.

People gathered at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center to swim, cycle and treadmill run in memory of Henwood.

"We have officers from several different departments and community members who are out here … and it was all about raising funds for the STAR/PAL program, our underserved youth and our police memorial fund," said Assistant San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman. "It was everyone coming together today."

Henwood's younger brother Robbie, who participated as well, said, "It was wonderful just to see everyone come out and support of their son, their brother and to show how much that the community and the department will never forget him."

He says he appreciates that his brother's memory is allowed to live on.

"He was a man of strength and honor," he said. "That's how he lived. He was very generous. The buying cookies for kids … that's not a random act of kindness, that's an everyday act of kindness from Jeremy."

The money raised will benefit needy children, a fitting memorial for a fallen hero.

"It's just good that that was caught on camera and that it's kind of gone viral ... the whole world sees what these guys do for the community," said Robbie Henwood.

Saturday's event in honor of Officer Henwood raised more than $10,000.

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