Memorial held for SPD officer killed in motorcycle, hit and run crash

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 9:15 AM

POST FALLS, Idaho—A memorial service was held Tuesday to honor a Spokane police officer killed last week in a motorcycle crash, followed by a hit and run.

Family, friends, and colleagues remembered Officer Kurt Henson in a private service at 10 a.m. in Post Falls. Members of law enforcement across the Northwest were in Post Falls for the funeral.

The death of Officer Henson in a traffic accident was the first of its kind for the Spokane Police Department.

Investigators said Henson was riding a motorcycle with a passenger when he hit an abrupt edge in a construction zone near Clark Fork.  He lost control, crashed the bike, and both her and his passenger were thrown from the bike.

Authorities said Brianna Knapp, 28, was driving behind Henson and struck him with her truck.  She left the truck and fled the scene.  However, she later turned herself into authorities.

His younger brother recalled their early love for motorcycles. "We both started riding bikes almost a soon as we could walk."  It’s that joy they both found on the road that helps him cope with Kurt's loss. "I 'm happy to know that if my brother was going to die right now, that's he did do something he loved."

Tuesday’s funeral showed the impact Henson made on people across the Northwest and they know he's with them in spirit and honored by their support.

Henson was a 12-year veteran of the police department. He was one of three children and is survived by his own son and two daughters.    

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