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Police rally (& run) for officer in cancer fight
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Representatives from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and Lathrop Police Services – including Acting Lathrop Police Chief Ryan Biedermann, Sgt. Towers, Detective Piombo, Detective Smith, and Detective Novello – pose with the family of Manteca native and Pleasanton police officer Kyle Henricksen on Saturday at Woodward Park. As participants in the Back the Blue 5K, the officers helped raise more than $5,000 to help the Henricksen family while Kyle battles Stage IV pancrea

Kyle Henricksen in for the fight of his life against a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

But on Saturday, his brothers and sisters in blue showed that they have his back by helping raise roughly $5,000 to help his family through this most difficult journey.  

Henricksen, a Manteca native and Pleasanton police officer, was the focus of the Back the Blue 5K at Woodward Park this past weekend where officers from around the area showed up to run in full duty gear to help raise money and awareness for his fight. Held in conjunction with Honor The Brave, the event united local law enforcement, local business, friends, family members, and the community at large to help bring awareness to the Kyle’s Village campaign and the monumental fight that the beloved husband and father is currently taking on. 

“It’s one thing to know that we’re getting support from our law enforcement family, but to actually get to see it – to see deputies running in full uniform to honor Kyle, and to meet retired and current law enforcement and their families from all over including his own department, Pleasanton PD, that showed up in full force – is truly something remarkable,” Jennifer Henricksen said. “We love our blue family and are grateful every day for all of their love and support.”

To show their support a host of officers from Pleasanton came out to the event, as did Lathrop Police Services and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office – standing behind Henricksen as he undergoes another round of chemotherapy in his fight against Stage IV pancreatic cancer. 

“It was an honor to support and compete in this event to support Kyle and Jenn through their difficult time,” Acting Lathrop Police Chief Ryan Biedermann said. “The Sheriff’s Office is a family and extends its support to all our law enforcement family. 

“Running in uniform and full gear is the least we can do to show support for Kyle.”

The event was sponsored by Eagles Nest Harley Davidson, Blue Lives Matter, Warrior 12 Apparel, OfficerDown.US, Black Oak Casino, In-N-Out Burger, Whiskey Patriots, Honor The Brave, and Pepsi. All in the Details Event Planning and DJ Services served as the emcee for the event free of charge, and Vitality Bowls allowed the use of their business to do preregistration on Friday. Raffle prizes were donated by Amala Detox and Tea Longue in Sonora, Mending Fences, Honor The Brave, Pepsi, Do Work That Matters, and Operation Enduring Warrior. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.