Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Richard Henry

Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Richard Henry

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 12, 1995

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Jimmie Richard Henry

Deputy Henry died of a disease contracted as the result to being exposed to burning jet fuel following a military plane crash on Santa Catalina Island. He and two other deputies were attempting to rescue the pilot. As a result of being exposed to the burning jet fuel, all three deputies developed pulmonary fibrosis which causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs.

Deputy Henry was forced to medically retire in 1984 as a result of developing the illness. He died 10 years later shortly after undergoing a lung transplant as a result of the illness.

Deputy Henry had served with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 19, 1984

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Jimmie was a long time friend of mine as well as a co-worker.

He was a fine Deputy Sheriff who ultimately gave his last full measure in service to others.

I think of him often - and I miss him.

Lt. Ray Wetlesen
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

July 10, 2020

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