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It was a very emotional day for Southern Nevada and the Metro Police Department, as Las Vegas said good-bye to a fallen officer, Sgt. Henry Prendes. There were tears, but also some laughter. The family of Henry Prendes wanted a celebration his life and friends, fellow officers and the community complied with their wishes.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and people from the community paid homage to the first city officer killed in the line of duty since 1988. Onlookers watched and police officers saluted as the motorcade traveled south on the Las Vegas Strip on the way to Central Christian Church.

You didn't have to know Henry Prendes personally to get a sense of how admired and respected he was. People who never met the Metro sergeant lined the Strip Tuesaday to pay their respects to this fallen hero.

With hands over their hearts, they stood quietly as the motorcade passed by. Officers from dozens of law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada and from states as far away as Missouri, New York and Maine participated in the official procession, as it wound its way south down Las Vegas Blvd. to the 215 Beltway then north on US-95 before exiting on Russell Road for the funeral service at Central Christian Church.

Many of those who lined the streets of Las Vegas Boulevard said their thoughts were with the fallen officer's family for the tragic loss they have suffered. Roger Eisenzopf watched motorcade and said, "You can't ask for any greater sacrifice than to give your life so that you and I and other families can life in a safer community and for me, personally, to be able to say goodbye in my own way is important."

And as the motorcade made its way past the southern most part of the Strip, this tribute could be seen on the Mandalay Bay marquee. It read, "You have answered your call to duty and answered it well. You will always be a member of the greatest family in the world."

Following the memorial service, the body of Sergeant Henry Prendes was taken to his final resting place at the Palm Valley Memorial Park on Eastern near Robindale. That part of the ceremony was much more somber in nature.

The 37-year-old married father of two daughters was killed last Wednesday in a shootout at a southwest valley home after he responded with another officer to a domestic violence call.

Clark County Sheriff Bill Young said at the memorial service that Prendes was a product of his community. Young said all Prendes ever wanted was to be a police officer, to right the wrongs of society and protect people in need.

Prendes was the first Las Vegas officer to die in the line of duty since Russell Peterson, who died in 1988 when he was struck by falling ice in a training accident on Mount Charleston.

Complete coverage of the funeral service and procession will be re-broadcast on our sister cable station Las Vegas One at 7 p.m.

(KLAS-TV Las Vegas)
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