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Honoring a slain officer's last act of kindness

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - McDonalds and the San Diego Police Officers Association are marking the second anniversary of the ambush shooting death of an officer. Before he was fatally shot, Officer Jeremy Henwood was in a City Heights McDonalds buying a treat for a boy who was a little short on cash.

Wednesday's (August 7) fundraiser was all about the memory of Officer Henwood.

"Right before Jeremy was killed, he came to this McDonalds to buy something for himself and was approached by a young man who engaged Jeremy in conversation, and Jeremy ended up buying him some cookies. Just a simple act of kindness and moments later Jeremy unfortunately was killed," SDPD Officers Association Director Mike Pidgeon said.

The McDonalds at 3879 Fairmont Avenue was donating 15 percent of their sales from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to the San Diego Police Officers Association widows and orphans' fund. By honoring Officer Henwood, he continues to give.

"It's indicative of the person Jeremy was. He was a community member, he was a service member, he served three combat tours as a Marine officer, and he served the community of San Diego, Pidgeon said.

Jeremy's father Robbie Henwood was there to show his family's appreciation and presented a framed memorial in gratitude to Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

"How important it is to get the community and the police together, in our case to thank the community for their support. Mid-city gave terrific support to us, they've been really wonderful," Robbie Henwood said.

The last to be touched by Jeremy's kindness was Daveon Scott, the boy who Jeremy bought cookies for.

"I kind of get the chills, but I come here all the time to eat and it hits my mind every time I step through that door -- I was the last one to talk to the officer, the great officer who died," Daveon said.

That one chance meeting inspired him.

"I want to give back to my community like he gave back to me. He helped me. A random act of kindness, that's what he did for me, so that's what I want to do for people when I grow up," he said.

And Daveon will continue to pay it forward.

"So I have to continue my goodness, I have to be good, show people that I'm a role model as he was a role model to show that act of kindness," he said.

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