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Salt Lake City officer receives top honor for saving sisters’ lives during violent home invasion

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On Sept 23, 2015, two Salt Lake City sisters tried to fight off a knife-wielding attacker who broke into their home.

Bre Lasley and her sister Kayli told police after the attack that the man first claimed he wanted their car keys. The intruder, Robert Berger, had just gotten out of prison a week before. Earlier that night, he tried to break into another home nearby, but was unsuccessful.

As her sister was being attacked by Berger, Kayli ran out of the house and started screaming down the street, not knowing if she would ever see her sister alive again. “He’s stabbing my sister…he’s going to kill her,” she shouted as neighbors started calling 911 and coming out of their homes.

Officer Ben Hone had been patrolling the area after the other report about a burglary. He rushed into the girls’ home, after hearing Kayli’s cries for help. Bre had been stabbed in the stomach and says if help had arrived one second later, she would have been dead. Hone shot Berger in the head – killing him instantly.

Officer Hone has received numerous awards for his heroism that night – including the 2015 National Officer of the Year Award. His name was also added to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Florida.

Now a husband and father, Hone told Fox 13, he knew he wanted to serve and protect, ever since he was in high school. “I don’t need to be recognized. I just want to make a difference in the community,” he said.

“We don’t really have words for how much we love him,” Bre told ABC News about a month after the attack.

She has since launched a non-profit organization to help empower other women.

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