SALT LAKE CITY -- (KSTU) -- Two sisters in Salt Lake City were terrorized by an attacker last year, and this week the officer who rescued them received more recognition for his heroism.
Bre and Kayli Lasley were attacked last September when a fugitive broke into their home.
“The blade of his hunting knife he brought into the house was right up against my throat,” Bre Lasley recalls. “I remember him whispering in my ear, 'I’m going to kill you.’"
It was at that moment Ben Hone, an officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department, intervened.
“Initially I thought it was one of our attacker’s friends,” Lasley said. “I couldn’t hear Kayli screaming anymore, and so I thought they had killed Kayli, and then I saw officer Hone’s eyes, and I immediately knew that I was safe.”
Hone shot and killed the intruder, likely saving Bre Lasley’s life. This week Hone was honored by the National Association For Chiefs of Police as the Officer of the Year.
“It’s a great honor to be presented with such an award when there’s so many great and deserving men and women that serve our community every day,” Hone said.
A plaque with Officer Hone's name will be displayed at the American Police Hall of Fame in Florida. The Hone family plans to visit that museum and then take a trip to Disney World afterward to celebrate.