Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Richard Henry

Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Richard Henry

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 12, 1995

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.

Bio

  • 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 and I were car partners at Altadena Station, L.A. Co Sheriff in the 70's. We had so many good times working the street together. We were the best of friends too. I visited him a couple times after he got transferred to Avalon Station on Catalina Island. It was his dream job to work in paradise along with his wife there too. The last time was after the Navy plane crash. He was struggling to survive the after effects. So sad to see him losing the battle.
You will never be forgotten in my memories. RIP my friend.

Herb Howard, retired Sgt
L.A. County Sheriff

May 16, 2018

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