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Marine combat veteran and San Diego police officer Jeremy Henwood was the kind of man who not only fought to secure freedom for Americans, but who inspired Americans to take advantage of all the opportunities freedom has to offer.

Officer Henwood, who then had recently returned home from a tour in Afghanistan, stopped by an area McDonald’s while on police duty in August 2011.

“As it turns out, it was far more dangerous to be back at home but nobody knew that when the officer met a young man at a local McDonald’s,” reported NBC’s Brian Williams.

Minutes before Officer Henwood drew his last breath as the victim of a senseless shooting, he gave a boy at an area McDonald’s a dime to make up the balance the boy owed for a few cookies, according to surveillance video.

“I asked him for $0.10 and he said, ‘What’s the $0.10 for?’ and I said ‘Three cookies.’ And he said, ‘Well, I could buy the three cookies for you,'” Davion Tinsley said in an interview with NBC, adding that — after Henwood bought the cookies — the cop asked the boy what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“I said an NBA star,” Davion said. “And he said, ‘Well, you got to work hard for that.'”

Moments after the McDonald’s meeting, Officer Henwood was was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car.

“I think it goes without saying that Jeremy was a great man and a hero to our country,” said the veteran’s sister, Emily Henwood, while choking back tears during her brother’s memorial service.

Thank you to the uniformed men and women who, like Jeremy, never miss an opportunity to serve — whether on foreign soil or in our own backyards.

Happy Veterans Day.

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