* Wednesday, Officer Bob Henry was buried. He left behind a wife and three small children, the youngest only 6 weeks old.
Bob Henry's family has lost a father, a husband, a son and a brother. And his community has lost a loyal public servant and fellow employee.
The test of the cohesion of a community is measured by its ability to rally behind those members in time of their greatest need. By all accounts our community of Newport Beach has responded admirably.
Newport Beach has always cherished the close and supportive relationship with our police. Sworn to protect the community they serve, our officers recognize that they may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. Officer Henry made that sacrifice.
But Bob Henry did not perish in vain. He died honorably while performing in his chosen duty to safeguard our community. Words alone cannot express the depth of humble gratitude we feel.
The Henry family now face their own test of strength. Bob Henry's wife and children will continue to need our help. Like Officer Henry, I know we will shine.
JOHN W. HEDGES
Mayor, Newport Beach