Pleasanton police and residents said goodbye to one of their own Friday, as they laid to rest Officer Kyle Henricksen of the Pleasanton Police Department.
Henricksen, 36, died after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He came to the Pleasanton Police Department in 2009 after a three-year stint with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.
Henricksen was given a police funeral with full honors at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Livermore, as law enforcement lined the funeral route that began in Manteca.
Several of his colleagues, including retiring Police Chief David Spiller, eulogized him.
“It’s so incredibly sad to lose him,” Spiller said. “But we are each blessed for having Kyle in our life.”
Spiller spoke of Henricksen’s exemplary character and service to the community.
“Kyle, you fought hard, you fought bravely and your courage inspired all of us,” Spiller added, choking back tears. “You brought many of us closer together.”
Others remembered Henricksen’s smile, his sense of humor, and his community involvement. The officer was an eager volunteer with Special Olympics, Coffee with a Cop and Cone with a Cop. He also served on the board of the department’s police officer association.
Henricksen’s daughter Alyssa told how their shared sense of humor bonded them.
“If I wrote out all the memories about you, I’d be writing for days,” she said.
The Henricksens first publicized the officer’s battle with cancer a year ago, through a GoFundMe page, in an effort to raise money to help pay for his treatment.
Henricksen is survived by his wife, Jennifer; daughters Destani, 19, Alyssa, 18, and Zoey, 12; son Cohen, 10; and his parents, sister and many nieces and nephews.
“Kyle and I with our gremlins really lived; we never just existed,” Jennifer wrote on her late husband’s GoFundMe page the night after his passing. “We never stopped living; we never stopped loving; and we never stopped fighting.”
To honor Henricksen, the family requests donations be made to the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation.