SALT LAKE CITY -- The Lasley sisters thought they were going to die until a Salt Lake City Police Officer showed up and saved their lives, and now their hero is being honored not only in Utah but across the nation.
Screams echoed through a Salt Lake City neighborhood September 23, 2015. Kayli Lasley was desperate for help as her older sister was being brutally attacked and stabbed by a fugitive who broke into their home.
Now, nearly 7 months after the attack, Bre remembers every terrifying detail.
“I will never forget being held by my attacker," she said. "He had his arm around me, his legs around me, and the knife up to my throat."
She says she owes her life to Officer Ben Hone, who rushed toward their cries for help and, without hesitation, came to their rescue.
“That's when Ben took a shot; it was just one single shot, and if he wouldn't have gotten there... literally one or two seconds later: I would have been dead,” Bre said.
It's a debt that Bre says she'll never be able to repay.
“I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don't think about him, and I’m not grateful for him,” Bre said.
In the months since, Hone has received award after award for his act of courage. Among those is the 2015 National Officer of the Year Award. Friday, Hone's name was added to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Florida.
“That's not why we do the job, that's definitely not why I do this job," Hone said of the accolades. "I don't need to be recognized. I just want to make a difference in the community."
Officer Hone will always have a special place in Bre's heart.
“As cool as the plaques are that he hangs on the wall, it's just, every day I’m waking up and living my dreams because of him,” Bre said.
“To see Bre and Kayli actually have a full life now, that's better than any award anyone could have given me,” Hone said.
Officer Hone says his focus is to continue serving our community, and now Bre is working to help others through a nonprofit called Fight Like Girls.