Community honors those lost behind the badge, family of fallen officer grateful for support

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The community came together Thursday night to remember Nevada law enforcement officers that lost their lives behind the badge.

The Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony offered a somber salute to families as they grieve loved one’s lost in the line of duty.

“It’s beautiful and we’re very thankful,” Alyssa Eng said of the event. “It’s just so amazing to have so much support, it just helps us cope.”

Alyssa and her sister, Alexa, spoke about their late father, Officer Kyle Eng. The Department of Public Safety Corrections Officer died of a heart attack in July 2018, after a fight with a Nevada inmate. 

Eng was just one of many recognized, as officers in uniform gathered next to grieving families watch lives turn to eternal legacy. 

“These young men made the ultimate sacrifice,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said of the ceremony. “It’s important for us to provide that solace and that calm for the families.

“Years from now, even when we are gone they are still going to remember his name,” Alexa Eng added. “Family for years to come can come here and have a place to remember him.”

The ceremony along with the attendees brought continued support to find comfort in what they call their family of blue. 

“As long as you need us we’re here to support you,” Lombardo said in reference to the families of loved one’s lost. 

“He’ll always be remembered,” Alexa Eng echoed about her father. 

Children of law enforcement families also received a gift for their futures Thursday night. A $50,000 scholarship was presented in honor of Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, who were both gunned down in the line of duty in 2014. 

8 News Now spoke with two teens who were honored to accept this award. 

“I will do with this what the founders of the scholarship would want me to,” recipient Gabriel Pence said.”I am going to use this money to further my education and try to make this world a better place.”

“I am just excited to go into college with a little bit more scholarship money,” recipient Kirsten Kircher told 8 News Now. “To further what I want to do and hopefully become a fourth generation police officer.”

This is the fifth year The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation presented the scholarship with the help of local donors Ron Coury and Don Tamburro. 

Students will use the money to further their educations in college or vocational school. 

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