“One Last Good Deed”

Benjamin Franklin wrote in a November 13, 1789 letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A little over five months later, Benjamin Franklin passed to his rest on April 17, 1790.

On this planet traversing the cosmos Thanatos comes searching for its victims every moment.  Running to Samarkand like the Grand Vizier of Baghdad did when he saw death as an old woman, unfortunately did not delay the eventuality since death had an appointment with the Grand Vizier that night in Samarkland. So goes one version of this old fable handed down to us through centuries of time.

Officer Jeremy Henwood was on his routine patrol in San Diego, California on the afternoon of Saturday, August 6.  He went into McDonalds where he saw a thirteen-year Daveon Tinsley counting out his change for cookies.  Unfortunately, the boy did not have enough change, but Officer Henwood pitched in to cover the cost.

A few minutes after Officer Henwood left McDonalds and a happy Daveon, he was flashed from behind by 23-year old Dejon White.  He pulled over to the side and Mr. White pulled up alongside and shot Officer Henwood in the head with a shotgun. The doctors and nurses of Scripps Mercy Hospital worked valiantly on Officer Henwood, but he passed to his rest on Sunday, August 7 at 1:42 am. 

Dejon White was killed by the police later on Saturday afternoon when he resisted arrest.  He had left a suicide note in his flat.  Why he chose Officer Henwood is unknown.

Officer Henwood was a Captain in the US Marine Corps Reserve and had recently returned from a one-year assignment in Afghanistan. Previously he had served two tours in Iraq. He was born in Canada and became a naturalized US citizen. 

He is survived by his parents, brother and sister.

Emily, his sister said: Looking at the flag-draped casket, she said, “I didn’t say it enough to him but ‘Jeremy, I love you and I always will.’ “

Officer Henwood was a registered organ donor. Robbie, Jr., his brother commented: “Even in death, Jeremy was saving lives.”

His legacy—a teenager will remember the 6’3” policeman who on a Saturday afternoon had a conversation with him about the future and gave him a dime.  His last good deed was to those who received his organs so they could continue to walk the road of life.

Listed below is the link to the Memorial Fund for Officer Henwood and organ donation.  Being an organ donor is one of the ways you can help when you are gone.

And what of your legacy?  After you have slipped the confines of earth, what will be written or said about your last good deed for your brothers and sisters on this orb hanging in infinite space? What will you take with you into the cosmic ocean?

Semper Fi is a way of life.  In other words, sing with the voices of the mountains and paint with the colors of the wind each day on your journey.

G. D. Williams       © 2011

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10 News: Daveon Tinsley

“He was like, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I said I wanted to play in the NBA, and he said, ‘That takes hard work,'” said Daveon

On that day, Daveon said he did something he had never done—talk to a police officer.

“I needed a dime so I could buy more cookies and he gave me the dime,” Daveon said.

To that end, Daveon said, “I have to keep in mind that I was the last one he had a conversation with so I’m going to take his advice and work hard in life.”


KFMB: Daveon Tinsley


NBC San Diego

Anyone who would like to donate to officer Henwood’s memorial fund can mail a check to the San Diego Police Officer Association at:

Officer Jeremy Henwood Family Trust
c/o San Diego Police Officers Association
8388 Vickers Street, San Diego, CA 92111


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