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Police Constable John Charles Henry was a serving officer with the Bedfordshire Police when he died in a stabbing incident on 11 June 2007.PC Henry was responding to an incident outside a Luton high street store when he was stabbed. He was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, but later died. He becomes the 37th police officer since 1985 to be murdered whilst on duty.The 36 year old, from Bedfordshire, had only just begun his morning shift when he was asked to attend an incident in George Street, Luton.Police had received reports from two members of the public of an attack on a window cleaner, outside a building society and department store, to which PC Henry duly reported.Following a scuffle, PC Henry was attacked by a member of the public on George Street and received a fatal wound to his body.Armed officers later managed to disarm the assailant and a 27-year-old man has since been charged with PC Henry's murder.Des Lawless, a spokesman for Bedfordshire Police, described the incident as “a sad day for Luton.”He added: "There was a low mood among the police officers. They know they face these dangers every day of their career but we all hope nothing like this will ever happen. I don't remember a police officer dying in these circumstances during my service and I have been here for more than 40 years.”PC Henry had worked as a floor fitter in the Luton area before joining the Bedfordshire force in 2004 after completing police training.He was part of a force which had set up a safer neighbourhood scheme as well an operation known as Scorpio, which aimed to combat and reduce crime levels within the county of Bedfordshire.He becomes the second officer within a month to be fatally wounded whilst on duty, and the 11th officer to be killed as a result of a stabbing.Bedfordshir e Chief Constable Gillian Parker said: "Jon was clearly much loved both by his family and his friends. His dedication to his duty cost him his life."One of his closest friends, who asked not to be named, described PC Henry as the "salt of the earth".The friend, who is an officer with the Metropolitan police added: "He loved it, he pretty much sold it to me as a career. He was so proud of his job."His name will be added to a roll of honour memorial set up by film director Michael Winner in 1984, to recognise the efforts and bravery of all police officers who have died whilst on duty.Mr Henry was survived by his wife Mary and daughter Maggie.
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John,The void you left is still as raw as the day you were taken from us. You were a true hero and that's how you'll always be remembered by me and the family.Rest in peace.Michael Flynn
Left by Michael Flynn: 23/03/2009
It's a year on since we held our charity football tournament and remembered John and had the honour of his sisters attending the event. We are holding our next tournament in Luton on Saturday 30th August and will be again remembering John and the other lives lost this year through knife crime. We must continue the fight to lobby the government and our communities about the dangers of knives whilst never forgetting those who died too soon and uneccessarily. Bobby Mudhar
Left by Bobby Mudhar: 04/08/2008
A great friend for many years, though we sadly lost touch as ourlives followed different paths. Jon was loved by all who knew him - a kind, caring person with an infamous sense of humour. Though I have never met Mary and Maggie my thoughts and love are with them and all Jon's family. Rest in peace Jon.Sally Feihn (Cotton)
Left by Sally Feihn (Cotton): 17/06/2007
John, I hadn't heard your name for years, since working at Sainsbury's and drinking our wages at the Roman Legion. When I think about the laughs we had - my 18th bday!- and Sixth Form I get a wry smile, as without hearing your name on the news those memories may have been lost forever. I am happy to have known you as a friend albeit too many years ago. My love goes to your wife and daughter. Your sister George and the rest of the family. R.I.P.
Left by James Murkin: 13/06/2007
Jon,What a wonderful man you are! Can't begin to say how much you will be missed. Your memory will remain clear in the minds of those who adored you longer than you will ever know. Missing you and the silly jokes that made everyone laugh so much. With fondest love to you and your family. Tracy
Left by Tracy Smith: 12/06/2007
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