Pleasanton Police Officer Kyle Henricksen passed away on Oct. 15, 2019, after a one-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
“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,” said Pleasanton Police Chief David Spiller. “Kyle touched us all in ways that we will be forever grateful for. Now we reflect on our time with Kyle as a gift in each of our lives.”
Henricksen, 36, was born and raised in Manteca, Calif., where he lived with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children, Cohen (10), Zoey (12), Alyssa (18) and Destani (19). Henricksen received an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from San Joaquin Delta College in December 2004, and later a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University.
“I'm very saddened by the loss of Kyle, our co-worker and friend,” said Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho. “He was an exceptional officer and his presence will be missed in our organization and community.”
Henricksen began his law enforcement career as a Recruit with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in June 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. He worked a variety of assignments throughout his career, including six years as a Patrol Officer and four years as a Motor Officer in the Special Operations Unit. As a Motor Officer, he conducted special enforcement assignments on problem roadways, and worked countless traffic collisions where he was often commended for his diligent and thorough investigative skills.
Additionally, Henricksen 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. He also participated in the mutual aid response to Sonoma County during the devastating wildfires, and served as a Board Member of the Pleasanton Police Officer’s Association.
Henricksen 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). Henricksen loved useless trivia and according to his family, had an endless supply of it. His witty sense of humor was uplifting and appreciated by all.
The public memorial service to honor Henricksen will be Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. am., at Cornerstone Fellowship, 348 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore.
In lieu of flowers, the Henricksen family is requesting donations be made to the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation: ww.lecsf.net.