City of Concord to Honor Seattle Police Officer Who Was Murdered in 1911

February 5, 2014 17:15 pm · 14 comments


On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Concord City Council will present John Heinrich, a resident of Concord, with a Medal of Honor on behalf of his great-grand uncle, Seattle Police Officer Henry L. Harris. Officer Harris was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 4, 1911. Heinrich is the last known living relative of the fallen officer. He is the great-grandson of Edna Harris Austin, a sister of Officer Harris. The Seattle Police Department requested the assistance of the Concord Police Department in conveying the medal to Heinrich.

The ceremony will take place at the beginning of the regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at the Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr.

The Seattle Police Department recently held a Medal of Honor ceremony to honor fallen officers. The department’s goal is to ensure that the families of every officer whose name is etched on the Memorial Wall at Seattle police headquarters know their sacrifice has not been forgotten. Many of the officers’ surviving family members were not able to attend the presentation, so the department has contacted public safety organizations in the cities where family members live to see that the medals are conveyed locally.

“The City of Concord and the Concord Police Department are honored to assist the Seattle Police Department in presenting the Medal of Honor to John Heinrich for his great-grand uncle, Officer Henry Harris,” said Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger.

The circumstances surrounding Officer Harris’ death in 1911 can be found HERE.

Atticus Thraxx February 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

It’s never too late to make things right. Unless it is.

Free Connie Dobbs

Shirley Wilson February 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

As the Mother In Law of a police officer I find this so uplifting and emotional.

Very Good. February 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

None are forgotten.

zeroc00l February 6, 2014 at 7:31 AM

He like my father who was a L.E.O. was from a time when peace officers weren’t militarized and treated us the citizens like people not suspects. Back in my father time he would literally help citizens with changing a flat tire on their car or whatever they needed help with he would go above and beyond. He is disgusted with how police and TSA etc act and treat us. Its sad.

Wondering February 6, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Can someone please tell me why people are posting, “Free Connie Dobbs”? What does that mean?

Always Right February 6, 2014 at 8:28 AM

@zeroc001 – the police departments today are not militarized, they are feminized. Many of the protocols that require what seems to be excessive force are due to the fact that physical strength requirements for officers have been decreased to allow 120 lb female officers to interact with 200lb thugs.

Free Connie Dobbs.

Dorothy Englund February 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Perhaps if more citizens and residents show respect and appreciation for our police officers, the police officers will do the same.

I have found most police officers to be courteous and professional. They don’t have time to help change flat tires. They are busy dealing with drugs, gang violence, and other criminal activity, which, for the most part, is much worse today.

It is wonderful that the Seattle Police Department is honoring its fallen officers and that the City of Concord and the Concord Police Department are participating. I’m sure this means a lot to Mr. Heinrich and to police officers everywhere.

Jojo Potato February 6, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Connie Dobbs has been a long time and prolific poster on this site. She seems to have disappeared. In her memory, “Free Connie Dobbs” has been added to many recent posts.

The Mamba February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

That guy sounds like a tough S.O.B., took a round in the back of the head from a coward and returned fire. It’s a shame his murderer wasn’t captured.

@@Always Right February 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM

He is.

What about ... February 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The infamous Mr. Mullins?

anon February 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Yes, Dorothy #7 (and #4). It is just as important respect be shown to the public they serve. Many officers need to work on this aspect of the job.

I am pleased to see the honor given this officer and his family members.

Anon February 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

“Many 120lb female officers can handle a 200 lb thug, they are trained to do this. ”

Yup — with firearms & tasers

Linda Eriksen February 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM


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