In Episode 50, Henry Particelli talks about his journey from Canada to Nashville. He shares why he has a passion for serving his community and why he has never given up on music.
Henry Particelli knew he wanted to be a police officer ever since he took an aptitude test in school that suggested he pursue a career in law enforcement. However, this Sault Ste. Ontario, Canada native quickly had those dreams squashed when, at the time, Canada required that all officers have uncorrected 20/20 vision. Consequently, he set out on a career that would traverse through a variety of entrepreneurial, sales, and labor positions. Simultaneously, since his teen years, Henry had been penning songs and playing guitar. After winning the Northern Ontario Great Northern Opry competition in 1994, he boarded a Greyhound bus for Nashville to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. In the early 2000s, he would release his debut project and had a single peak at #26 on the Canadian Country Charts under the name Rick Henry. Throughout his musical pursuits, his passion for law enforcement was re-ignited when he took on a side hustle as a bounty hunter.
By the late 2000s, Henry shifted music to the back burner and turned his efforts to secure a position in law enforcement. He qualified and graduated from the Metro Nashville Police Academy in 2010 just a few weeks shy of his 41st birthday – the oldest rookie in the class. He quickly rose from patrol to a FLEX unit and Crime Suppression Unit before landing a spot on the Gang Unit that would permanently change his career projection. During his second week on the Gang Unit, while trying to apprehend a fleeing suspect, Henry’s leg was broken in several places and his ankle sustained severe injuries. Ten months and four surgeries later, he refused the injured on-duty pension and returned to work despite doctors advising him otherwise. After completing the assessment process, he was promoted to sergeant in January 2016 and landed his current position in the community affairs office the following year. Performing on the televised broadcast of a funeral for fallen Officer John Anderson in Nashville, Henry landed on the radar of The Sound Emporium’s President Juanita Copeland. The two started The Good Guys Foundation to assist the families of fallen law enforcement officers and those who have suffered career-ending injuries across the nation. Henry penned his current release, the emotive song “Your Name,” during a time period when he was already scheduled to be in the studio finishing another project. As a result, Copeland quickly added the song to an upcoming session and has continued to work alongside Particelli to share its important and powerful message with a world in need of empathy and unity.
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