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Officer George Henry boxing in dad's memory

10:50 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis (KSDK) - Wednesday night a St. Louis police officer steps into the ring to honor his late father. It will be the first time that someone who has benefited from Backstoppers competes in the annual Guns 'N Hoses event which raises money for the charity.

Hundreds will fill the Scottrade Center Wednesday night and in the audience and in the ring, will be the Henry family.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this one is a good example.

This is George and Tom Henry, George is the little one and here he is now, all grown up and following in dad's footsteps.

George is now a police officer for the City of St. Louis. And Wednesday night he will put on some boxing gloves, step in the ring and fight for his dad.

"He knew everyone, we couldn't go anywhere without him running into someone he knew," said George Henry.

His did Tom Henry died on the job as a Bel-Ridge police officer 12 years ago. He had a heart attack at the police station, went into a coma and died a few weeks later.

After that, the charity Backstoppers stepped in and supported the Henry family.

"Backstoppers saved us, I figured the least I could do was get in the ring and show my appreciation," said Henry.

He is now one of the boxers in the annual Guns and Hoses boxing battle, which raises money for Backstoppers, an organization that financially supports families when emergency responders pass away.

"It's a blessing that I really didn't expect to use, but thank God they are there," said George's mother Terry Henry.

She says she would have lost the house had it not been for Backstoppers.

"You can't put a price tag on that," she said.

George says he's living proof of the good that this charity does.

"They take your money and they put it in the place they say they are," he explained.

Getting in the ring for his charity has always been a goal for him, but little did he know he is the first beneficiary of Backstoppers to step inside the ring.

"I didn't realize I was until last week," he said getting a little choked up.

George says if his dad were here he would have some advice for him before throwing his first punch.

"Give 'em hell," said Henry.

Guns 'N Hoses will be at the Scottrade Center starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. As of Tuesday night tickets were still available.

KSDK

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