A wide appeal for prayers and financial support has been launched after a Texas police officer and his wife lost their young son in a freak accident. Hunter Henderson, the son of Austin Police Department’s Chance Henderson, was left with grave internal injuries December 26 after a tragic accident that involved gym equipment.
Austin Cops for Charities announced Hunter’s death in a Facebook post dated December 29. “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the sad news of the passing of Hunter Henderson, 4 year old son of APD Officer Chance Henderson (Region 3 H600’s) and his wife Jessica,” the statement read.
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the sad news of the passing of Hunter Henderson, 4 year old son…
“On December 26th Hunter sustained significant internal injuries including head trauma after a horrible accident while playing at home. He was transported to Dell Children’s Hospital where he underwent surgery. Chance’s APD family along with grandparents, aunts and uncles have gathered to support the family during this difficult time.”
Austin Police Department Chief, Brian Manley, also confirmed the heartbreaking news on Twitter. “Rest In Peace Hunter. Our hearts are heavy. Please pray for the Henderson family,” he wrote.
Rest In Peace Hunter. Our hearts are heavy. Please pray for the Henderson family. ?? https://t.co/Pt1UFIqAl8
— Chief Brian Manley (@Chief_Manley) December 29, 2018
An emergency fund has been set up to help the Henderson family to help the family “with funeral expenses, out of town family accommodations and medical expenses.”
Our thoughts and prayers to the Henderson family on the loss of their son Hunter. To donate to the Henderson Family Emergency Fund-click on the Austin Charities 4 Cops link: https://t.co/8X9KnZdz6j https://t.co/tITBFFIEIb
— CPCPAAlumni (@cpcpa_alumni) December 29, 2018
Chair of Austin Cops for Charities, Lt. Gena Curtis, immediately rushed to the hospital when she heard how serious the situation was with Hunter.
“I don’t think i’d ever seen this young man before our meeting at the hospital, but it didn’t matter,” Curtis said, as reported by CBS Austin.
It is with great sadness that we share the sad news of the passing of Hunter Henderson, 4 yr old son of APD Ofc Chance Henderson & his wife Jessica. @AustinC4C Cops for Charities is assisting the family and has set up the HENDERSON FAMILY EMERGENCY FUND. https://t.co/rcQIzjbBeH pic.twitter.com/mFlgwdVOEW
— Ely Reyes (@ChiefElyReyes) December 29, 2018
“The innocence in a child, it’s so pure. And now that baby is gone.”
Since the heartbreaking news was announced, messages of support and condolence have continued to pour in from law enforcement agencies and members of the public.
“Parents shouldn’t have to bury their children,” tweeted the Austin Fire Department. “Our hearts are broken for Officer Henderson and his family, along with our brothers and sisters at Austin Police. Rest in peace, sweet Hunter. And Chief Manley, if there’s anything we can do, don’t hesitate to ask.
My condolences to Officer Henderson and his entire family. There are no words. RIP Hunter.
— Rich Guajardo (@Chief_Guajardo) December 30, 2018
Friends I have a fellow teammate who is hurting very badly from an awful accident a few days ago that resulted in the death of his young son Hunter. Hunter was only 4 years old. Please help support my friend Chance Henderson in their time of loss…. https://t.co/CmU6bO4FUF
— Aaron Reed (@AaronReed5326) December 30, 2018
Our hearts are broken to hear the news of the sudden passing of Hunter. @AISDPolice sends heartfelt condolences to the Henderson Family and @Austin_Police. We stand ready to assist you in any way possible. You are in our prayers. @AustinISD @aisdparents https://t.co/nTmjgk3K6A
— Chief Ashley Gonzalez (@chiefagonzalez) December 30, 2018
Pray for the Henderson family as they deal with searing loss.