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Widow of slain officer knows painful road, group's support

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 7/25/2013 10:20 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Those who have felt the pain of losing a loved one in the line of duty understand the difficult road ahead facing the family of Metro Officer David Vanbuskirk, who was killed Monday night during a rescue mission at Mount Charleston. But, as Dawn Prendes will say, she was never alone.
IPOF: An account has been established by the Injured Police Officers Fund in the name of fallen Police Officer David Vanbuskirk. Those wishing to donate may go to any Wells Fargo bank and make donations to account: 6102. The proceeds will go to his family. For more on the fund, follow this link.

Golf benefit Friday: The 7th annual Henry Prendes Charity Golf Classic takes place at 8 a.m. Friday at SouthShore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas. For more information, follow this link.

Dawn’s husband, Sgt. Henry Prendes, was killed Feb. 1, 2006, ambushed by a violent suspect armed with an assault rifle.

At the time of his death, Prendes was the first Metro police officer killed in the line of duty in Las Vegas in 18 years.

“By the time I got to my house, there were 40 people there,” Dawn recalled. “Henry's friends, the sheriff and you know, I knew right then I was going to be OK because I was part of a huge family that was going to take care of me.”

In that family -- the non-profit Injured Police Officer's Fund – was one of the first to respond. This Monday night, again, they were called, proving not only financial help, but emotional as well.

The service helped Dawn get through her difficult moments. Today, she repays the favor by sharing proceeds from her own non-profit, Henry's Place. It's her way of saying thank you to those with the badge that have given so much.

“They're the ones that deal with the darkest of the community, and we don't experience that,” she said. “I want people to respect that.”


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