HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office held a celebration of life ceremony for Deputy Ryan Hendrix on Friday, September 18 in Hendersonville.
Detective Hendrix was shot in the line of duty while responding to a report of someone breaking into a vehicle Thursday, September 10. He had two children and was engaged to be married in October.
Visitation for the public to pay their respects to the Ryan’s family was held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Mud Creek Baptist Church, located at 403 Rutledge Drive in Hendersonville.
A funeral service was held for Deputy Hendrix at 2 p.m. at Mud Creek Baptist Baptist Church for law enforcement officers, first responders and family members only. You can watch the service in full in the video player at the top of the page.
A procession then took Detective Hendrix to Forest Lawn Cemetery, located at 538 Tracey Grove Road.
The procession left Mud Creek Church on Rutledge Drive to US 25. From there, the procession took head to Main Street in Hendersonville and turned right on Barnwell Street. From Barnwell Street it turned left on Grove Street then right on US 64 to Dana Road. After turning right on Dana Road, the procession turned right on Tracey Grove Road and continued to Forest Lawn Cemetery.
The graveside and procession portion of the funeral will be recorded and uploaded to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and YouTube channel shortly after the service concludes.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the North Carolina Police Benevolent Foundation to set up a donation fund for the Hendrix family.
7 News spoke with folks who attended his visitation.
Many in attendance didn’t know Detective Hendrix personally, but they said felt that they needed to come by and pay their respects anyway.
“I’m here to show my support to the family and to let them know that I’m here for them and that I’m praying for them,” Enoc Solano said.
Others who knew Hendrix said they’re hanging on to memories.
“Ryan always had this goofy grin that I always remember when seeing him,” Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said. “He was just a very good young man. I was very proud to know him, and it was the least I could do to show my respects after the sacrifices he made for us.”
Hendrix was a Marine veteran and served with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office for eight years.
“He’s my family. Even though we didn’t work for the same department, he was after the same goals we’re after, and that’s having peace in our community,” Sheriff Wright said.
Deputy Hendrix had a private funeral–open only to family and first responders–but everyone who came to his visitation thanked him for his service and said he will never be forgotten.
“He won’t ever go away for us,” Sheriff Wright said. “He’ll always have a special place in our hearts. And you ought to relish the fact that you lived with a true hero.”