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Deputy Henry Brooks was a fine officer, of whom I worked closely with. At the time of his death, he was an Evidence Technician. I was the Senior Latent Print Examiner, so we frequently talked about cases and we improved each other’s way of doing our jobs. Deputy Brooks was also a member of the Alabama Air National Guard.
Deputy Brooks had returned to his vehicle to retrieve more film to photograph the scene he was at. Though Henry did his job, by the book, his killer swerved deeply off of the road, hit Deputy Brooks, knocking him for many years, and Henry was killed. After the killer was apprehended, and he was taken to the county jail where he was informed that he had killed a deputy, to which he said, " I don't give a (F word)" The trial jury did not do Deputy Brooks right, and the reduction in the killer's sentence was an injustice and an insult to Deputy Brooks, his wife, his children, to other deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and to officers throughout the nation.
Henry was a friend, and though it has been fifteen years now, I still think of him and his family. I also served in our departments Honor Guard, playing bagpipes at police funerals and memorial services, and though all,” killed in the line of duty,” funerals are hard, this one was the most difficult one that I was ever to play at.
You are missed, my friend!!
Senior Fingerprint Tech Charles R. Smith
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and friend
June 22, 2012