Late officer to receive state honor

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2005

Staff Report

The late Suffolk Police Officer William A. &uot;Drew&uot; Henley is one of two Virginia police officers who will be honored by the state’s law enforcement community next month.

Gov. Mark R. Warner will recognize Henley, who died from a medical condition after a foot pursuit in March, and the late Officer James M. Feltis III, with the Pentagon Police, during the Virginia Police Officers’ Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m. May 3.

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Feltis died from injuries received during a vehicle pursuit earlier this year.

The service is being held inside Old City Hall at 1001 E. Broad St. on the State Capitol Square in Richmond.

Warner and Secretary of Public Safety John Marshall will recognize the fallen officers and their families as part of the annual ceremony.

&uot;Virginia has suffered a tremendous loss of life among its law enforcement community within the past few years,&uot; said Warner.

&uot;With heavy yet proud hearts, we recognize two more law enforcement officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice-their lives-to their communities, their families, their state, and their agencies.&uot;

The ceremony is being held in association with National Police Week, May 15-21 which honors law enforcement officers nationwide who have given their lives to preserve law and order.

Since Henley’s death on March 18, the Hampton Roads community has turned out in force to raise money for his wife, Chrissy Henley, and their four children.

A softball tournament recently brought in more than $3,000 for the family.