Concordia officer killed in accident

Concordia Blade Empire – June 12, 2018

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Officer Marc Henry of the Concordia Police Department was killed in a multi-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday, on the southbound lane of Highway 81, in Ottawa County, at the 178th Mile Marker.

On Tuesday morning the Blade spoke with Lt. Roy Henry of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“A pedestrian was walking along the southbound 81 Highway in Ottawa County,” Highway Patrolman Henry said. “Vehicles had slowed to avoid striking the pedestrian. A white Kia stopped in the lane of traffic. A motorcycle driven by Marc Henry rear-ended the Kia.”

Marc Henry was transported to the Ottawa County Health Center in Minneapolis, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Blade spoke with Ottawa County Sheriff Keith Coleman at 9:43 am on Tuesday morning.

“The pedestrian has been charged with ‘Pedestrian Under The Influence’ and ‘Murder In The Second Degree’,” Coleman said. “The incident is still under investigation.”

Henry, 48, was born in Salina, Kansas. He served in the National Guard in the Army and Marine Corps. He had 20 years of military experience, and served 10 years of active duty.

Before joining the Concordia Police Department in 2012, Henry worked for the Clay Center Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

“He wanted nothing more than to be a police officer,” said Concordia Police Chief Bruce Johnson. “He helped recruit several of our officers.”

The passing of Henry was especially emotional for Johnson.

“I worked with him on the street in 2012,” he said. “We not only lost a great officer, I lost a great friend.”

An official statement was released this morning by city manager Amy Lange.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of a great colleague and friend,” Lange said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Marc’s family, friends, and colleagues.”

Henry will be buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery will full military honors, conducted by the Kansas National Guard.

The family requests that all guests who attend wear something blue, if possible. In lieu of flowers, the family also requests that donations be made to the Katie O’Connor Animal Shelter, or the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in care of the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.


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