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PC Jon Henry given Queen's Commendation for Bravery

image captionPC Jon Henry was called to respond to an attack on a window cleaner

A police officer who died after being stabbed during a call out has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

PC Jon Henry, 36, died in George Street, Luton, on 11 June 2007 after responding to reports of a man stabbing two people with a knife.

Together with colleagues, he challenged Tennyson Obih but was stabbed twice in the chest and died shortly after.

Chief Constable Colette Paul said the award would help keep his memory alive.

The Queen's Commendation for Bravery is granted for gallantry, "entailing risk to life and meriting national recognition".

Announcing his award, the Cabinet Office said Mr Henry knew the suspect had a knife and "was aware of the danger he faced when he took the decision to try and detain the suspect".

'Charismatic personality'

The officer, who was married and had a daughter who was 11-months-old when he was killed, joined Bedfordshire Police in May 2004 after working for 10 years as a floor fitter.

The force said he was known for his "charismatic personality and exceptional sense of humour".

Ms Paul said she was "extremely proud" of Mr Henry.

"He will never be forgotten and this award goes some way to keeping his memory alive," she said.

"Sometimes we forget what police officers and their families do for the community every day. They face danger to protect the public."

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins said police officers' "courage should never be taken for granted".

Paranoid schizophrenic Obih was convicted of murder and jailed for life at Luton Crown Court in March 2009.

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