Toy drive named after fallen San Diego police Officer Jeremy Henwood

SAN DIEGO - San Diego police hope the legacy of Officer Jeremy Henwood will live on through a toy drive named in his honor.

Surveillance video at a Mid-City-area McDonald's shows Henwood's last act of service. He was helping a young boy who did not have enough money to buy what he wanted.

"His last kind gesture was buying cookies for the young little boy," said San Diego police Lt. Martha Garcia Sainz.

Minutes later, Henwood was shot and killed by a suicidal man. Sainz says there were countless other gestures by Henwood toward people in the community that he patrolled and loved.

"Well, Jeremy Henwood was really committed to the Mid-City community, City Heights," she said. "He told the chief he wanted to work here."

Because of that, the Mid-City Division's Juvenile Services Unit renamed a longtime toy drive after the fallen officer.

"To keep his memory alive," said Sainz.

This year, police added a car show, which was held at Cherokee Point Elementary School on Saturday.

"And of course, the kids just love the fancy cars," said Sainz.

All the toys collected will be handed out to underprivileged children in the community.

"Ever since I was a kid, I always dreamed of having nice toys, so unfortunately, not everyone will get the same thing," said Sherwin Pascual, who donated a toy on Saturday. "I'm here to support them as well. Dreams can come true, you know."

The gifts collected will be delivered next week.

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