Abington, PA – Abington Police Department (APD) Detective Steven “Steve” Henze died unexpectedly at his residence his department announced on May 16.
The 58-year-old detective’s exact cause of death was not released.
“On behalf of Chief [Patrick] Molloy and the entire Abington Township Police Department family, it is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Abington Detective Steven Henze,” the APD said in a press release.
“Steve was well known throughout our community, and he was universally respected throughout the law enforcement region for his outstanding work and commitment on behalf of so many victims,” the agency said.
Det. Henze served the APD for more than three decades.
He joined the department as a patrol officer in 1991 and became a Detective Division investigator 10 years later.
“Detective Henze was Abington’s most senior detective and was known for his remarkable interviewing skills,” the APD noted. “His skill and determination over the last twenty years in the Detective Division resulted in the arrest and prosecution of many high-profile offenders.”
He also served as a firearms instructor, field training officer, and was a 20-year member of the agency’s Tactical Team.
“He was a good friend, teammate, brother, husband, father, and grandfather,” the police department said. “APD will not be the same without Steve, as we will all miss his quick wit and great sense of humor. Steve’s legacy will live on in the hearts of those who served alongside him over the past three decades.”
The longtime detective was planning to retire sometime in the next few years, according to the Abington Patch.
Det. Henze leaves behind his wife, Lisa, his sons, Jakob and Matthew, and his grandchildren.
He was laid to rest on May 20, the Abington Patch reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Abington Police Department Detective Steven “Steve” Henze, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.