Pawnbrokers from around the state raise $5,000 for fallen officer’s family.
California pawnbrokers have an intrinsic connection to local law enforcement, due to the nature of their businesses and connections within their communities. However, often this connection goes beyond professional and reaches a deeply personal level. California Pawnbrokers Association members have a long history of working closely with law enforcement, and supporting their related organizations, especially in the instance of a fallen officer. The California Pawnbrokers Association has worked to develop strong relationships with local law enforcement officials to support and strengthen their communities.
On August 9, 2011, Californians recoiled in horror after learning of the fatal attack on San Diego police officer Jeremy Henwood, a 36 year old police officer was shot in his patrol car. Henwood was a four-year veteran on the police force and a Marine reservist who had served three tours of duty overseas.
Jeremy was remembered at a public memorial service by more than 3,000 mourners, along with countless others from neighboring communities including Israel Adato, long-standing member of the California Pawnbrokers Association.
Upon hearing the news of what he describes as an unprovoked and despicable shooting, Israel was inspired to help. He reached out to friends and colleagues at California Pawnbrokers Association and fellow pawnbrokers in the San Diego Pawnbrokers Association to gather a financial donation for Henwood’s surviving family.
The response from the pawn community was swift. “Everyone came through quickly with generous cash donations, allowing us to raise over $5,000.” Adato noted. The donation to the family was facilitated by the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA).
When Israel was notified about the motorcade and memorial service to honor Henwood’s memory, he wanted to be a part of it. Israel was so determined to honor the memory of Jeremy Henwood, he rode his bike to witness the procession. “I had to see the process to pay my respects,” Israel recounted. “I knew the traffic would make it nearly impossible to get there otherwise. As I stood and watched the motorcade pass by, I realized the sacrifice that this man made and his family made for my safety, the safety of my business and the entire community. I’m 55, and I don’t do it often, but I really cried.”