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Final Farewell: Community gathers to honor the life and legacy of retired HCSO Sheriff Cal Henderson

Family, friends, and community members will come together Wednesday to honor the life and legacy of longtime Hillsborough County Sheriff Cal Henderson. The ceremony will feature a flag presentation to the family, a 21 gun salute, and the playing of "Taps" and "Amazing Grace." The Henderson family will hold a private gathering after the service, so there will not be a procession to the cemetery. Cal Henderson, who served as sheriff from 1992 to 2004, passed away on July 16 at age 77. After beginning his law enforcement career with the Tampa Police Department in 1965, he went on to join Border Patrol in 1967 before eventually working with the CIA in South Vietnam. He was hired by the sheriff's office in 1969. During his time there, he rose from patrol deputy to major in each of the agency's operational divisions. He was promoted to colonel in 1985 before becoming sheriff. Henderson is survived by his wife, who still lives in Hillsborough County, as well as his daughter, two grandkids, and two sisters.

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