Anniversary of Slain L.V.M.P.D. Officer Offers Hope from his Widow

Sgt. Henry Prendes
Sgt. Henry Prendes

This Sunday, February 1, marks the three-year anniversary of the death of Sgt. Henry Prendes. Sgt. Prendes became the first Las Vegas Metro Police Officer killed in the line of duty in Las Vegas in 18 years. His memory lives on, however, through the foundation his widow began in Sgt. Prendes’ name, “Henry’s Place” (

Before his death, Sgt. Prendes and his wife, Dawn, had the desire to start a camp for under privileged youth. Now, three years later, that dream is becoming a reality. Through the generosity of the citizens of Southern Nevada to the “Henry’s Place Foundation,” Mrs. Prendes has purchased a 14-acre parcel of land in the foothills west of Cedar City, Utah. That location will become a permanent home for Henry’s Place.

One way that “Henry’s Place Foundation” is raising money is through the 3rd Annual Henry Prendes Charity Golf Classic. The tournament will be held at Angel Park Golf Club on Friday, March 27, 2009. Proceeds from this event will be used to build cabins at the new camp facility and also lend support to send needy children to camp through “Henry’s Place Foundation.” Thanks to past participants, more than $7,000 in camp scholarships was donated to send students from the Las Vegas Valley to Young Life camps.

Young Life ( reaches out to more than one million middle school, high school and college students around the world each year in friendship and faith. Founded in 1941, Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry committed to making a positive difference in the lives of kids through the friendship and influence of caring adults.

Sgt. and Mrs. Prendes believed in the idea that through service we truly test the character of a person’s heart. Mrs. Prendes continues that mission through “Henry’s Place Foundation.”

For more information on “Henry’s Place Foundation,” to make a donation or to participate in the 3rd Annual Henry Prendes Charity Golf Classic, please visit