fh flag 032315A flag flew at half-staff outside borough hall Monday night in honor of Robert Henne, below, a 23-year-old special police officer who died earlier in the day. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

robert henne 032014Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli issued this statement Tuesday afternoon:

The Borough of Fair Haven wishes to acknowledge the very sad and untimely passing of Special Police Officer Robert Henne. Officer Henne passed away at his family home in Fair Haven, on March 23, 2015.

Officer Henne grew up in Fair Haven and graduated from Rumson Fair Haven High School. He was also a graduate of the 39th Monmouth County Police Academy.

Officer Henne’s life goal was to be a Police Officer and he served the Borough in an exemplary manner as a Special Officer Class I, since April 11, 2011 and a Special Officer Class II, since December 17, 2012.

On March 24, 2014, Officer Henne was presented with a life saving award by the Fair Haven Governing Body, for saving the life of a Borough resident while on duty. Officer Henne also served his community as a Fire Department member, since February 28, 2011.

Officer Henne was well liked and respected by all who knew and worked with him. On behalf of the entire Community of Fair Haven, I would like to offer our thoughts, prayers, and support, to his family and many friends during this very difficult time.

Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli

Here’s a redbankgreen article about the lifesaving effort for which Henne was honored last year.

Below is a statement issued by police Chief Darryl Breckenridge:

The Fair Haven Police Department deeply regrets to announce the untimely death of Class II Officer Robert Henne.

Officer Henne served the Borough since 2011 He was a graduate of the 39th Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers of Monmouth County.

Officer Henne was a squad leader while attending the Monmouth County Police academy and he graduated in the top of his class.

Officer Henne received a life saving award from both the Borough of Fair Haven and the 200 club. He also had received letters of commendation while serving the Borough.

Officer Henne was 23yrs old, He served our community with great pride and dedication, both as a Class II Officer and a volunteer firefighter.

The loss of Officer Henne is a tragedy to his family, the residents of Fair Haven, and to the entire Law Enforcement community.

Officer Henne will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Wake will be held at the Church of Nativity on Friday March 27, 2015 4-8pm. (340 Hance R.d Fair Haven)

Police service will be held 6:30 6pm.

Funeral will be held at the Church of Nativity on Saturday March 28th at 10am in Fair Haven.

Chief Darryl Breckenridge