The Tri-State community continues to remember the life of Owensboro Police Department Officer Shartez McHenry.
Officer McHenry's passing was announced on Wednesday, and throughout the Tri-State, law enforcement agencies and other individuals have continued to send their sympathies.
Since 2014, Officer McHenry proudly served as an officer of the law in her hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky.
OPD says Officer McHenry's dedication to the community and her passion for helping others exemplified what it means to be a public servant.
The Owensboro High School graduate spent time supporting the youth of her city by volunteering at the H.L. Neblett Community Center.
Officer McHenry's passing sent waves of shock and grief rippling throughout the Tri-State.
In Evansville, the Evansville Police Department extended their deepest sympathies to OPD as the loss of McHenry was mourned.
At the Owensboro Fire Department, Officer McHenry is remembered fondly: "Any time she crossed paths with OFD on a response she had a smile and a helping hand extended. She will be missed," OFD said.
Several members of the Friends of Sinners program, which is a substance recovery program in Owensboro, also wrote letters to OPD to share their sympathy and send words of encouragement.
"Officer McHenry would want us to honor her by continuing her legacy of selfless service," OPD shared. "This is what we intend to do. Officer McHenry, we will take the watch from here."