MANTECA -- A Bay Area police officer living in Manteca is facing his final days with stage-four pancreatic cancer, but he's not alone thanks to the Stanislaus County-based Blue Line Wives.
Pleasanton Police Officer Kyle Henricksen likes to share his whimsical side, singing with his daughter, even in the face of a devastating diagnosis.
"It's so emotional at this time just because I can’t even imagine what Jennifer’s (Henricksen's wife) feeling right now," Blue Line Wives board member Amanda Hartsfield said.
Hartsfield and fellow Blue Line Wives President Amanda Young are now organizing a fundraiser set for Oct. 21 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. The money raised, they say, will go toward Henricksen’s mounting medical bills.
"We can be complete and total strangers but we’re still a very, very tight community," Young said.
Organizers said Henricksen was recently told by his doctors that his battle may be over soon.
"Told him that it was time to discontinue all treatment and to go home and spend what time he had left with his family," Young said.
Now, the members of Blue Line Wives want his family to know that they’re with them.
"We just want to help, that’s what our group is," Young said. "That's what our group is all about."
Blue Line Wives organizers are striving to help as many people as they can. They say some of the proceeds will benefit the Officer Natalie Corona’s memorial fund.
If you would like to help the group’s efforts to help the Henricksen family, click here
Update: Officer Kyle Henricksen died on October 15, according to the Pleasanton Police Department.
According to a statement released by the Pleasanton Police Department:
Pleasanton Police Chief David Spiller said, “Kyle left us all with a sense of awe and amazement in his courageous and remarkable fight, defying odds and exhibiting amazing strength with a smile he shared so easily and so frequently with others. Kyle touched us all in ways that we will be forever grateful. Now we reflect on our time with Kyle as a gift in each of our lives.”
Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho said, “I'm very saddened by the loss of Kyle, our co-worker and friend. He was an exceptional officer and his presence will be missed in our organization and community. On behalf of the City, we are eternally grateful to Kyle and his family for the decade of service to Pleasanton and will be honoring his life and service to the community by lowering flags to half-staff at our city facilities for the remainder of the week."
Kyle, 36 years old, was born and raised in Manteca, California where he lived with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children, Cohen (10), Zoey (12), Alyssa (18) and Destani (19). Kyle received an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from San Joaquin Delta College in December 2004. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University.
Kyle began his law enforcement career as a Recruit with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2005. He worked for ACSO as a Deputy Sheriff for three years before joining the Pleasanton Police Department as a lateral police officer in January 2009. Kyle worked a variety of assignments throughout his career. These included six years as a Patrol Officer and four years as a Motor Officer in the Special Operations Unit.
As a Motor Officer, Kyle conducted special enforcement assignments on problem roadways, and worked countless traffic collisions where he often was commended for his diligent and thorough investigative skills. Kyle also worked numerous community outreach details including the School Valet Program, First Wednesday Street Fairs, Special Olympics, Read Across America, Coffee with a Cop and Cone with a Cop. Kyle also participated in the mutual aid response to Sonoma County during the devastating wildfires. Kyle served as a Board Member of the Pleasanton Police Officer’s Association.
Kyle enjoyed spending time with his family going to the movies, kayaking, camping, and fishing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed pursuing hobbies such as woodworking and playing the guitar, banjo and harmonica. His favorite sports to watch were hockey (San Jose Sharks) and baseball (Oakland A’s). Kyle loved useless trivia and according to his family, Kyle had an endless supply of it. His witty sense of humor was uplifting and appreciated by all. Kyle will be missed by all in our organizational family and community.