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.

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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TO DEPUTY SHERIFF JIMMIE RICHARD HENRY, YOUR COMMITMENT TO WHAT THE DEPARTMENT STANDS FOR CONTINUES TO INSPIRE DEPUTYS AND RECRUITS. YOU DIDN'T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS TO YOUR CALL BUT YOU STILL RESPONDED, PUTTING YOURSELF AT UNKOWN RISK TO SAVE A MANS LIFE. YOUR HEROISM WAS NOT SPONTANEOUS HOWEVER, IT WAS A REFLECTION OF YOUR CHARACTER..WHAT YOU DID DAILY, NOT FOR ATTENTION, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS RIGHT AND WHAT YOU BELIVED TO BE THE BEST FOR OTHERS. YOU HAD GREAT RESPECT AND PRIDE FOR THE UNIFORM, LOVE FOR YOUR FELLOW DEPUTIES, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. YOU TRULY ARE A LOSS TO THE DEPARTMENT, BUT WILL ALWAYS BE REMBERED AND HONERED IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED.

RECRUIT MATA, GILBERTO D
LASD

April 5, 2019

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