DeSOTO (CBSDFW.COM) – The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund received a check in honor of slain Lancaster Police Officer Craig Shaw today.
Shaw was killed in the line of duty as he responded to an assault on Father’s Day in 2010.
Shaw was killed by David Brown, Jr., the son of Dallas Police Chief David Brown. Brown, Jr. was also killed in the incident.
Thursday morning, the DeSoto Police Department and Shaw’s widow, Tiwanda, presented The fund with a check for about $8,200.
DeSoto officers held a raffle to raise the money when they hosted the Texas Police Olympic Games in June. They pledged the money to honor Shaw.
Shaw served on the regional SWAT team. He was the first Lancaster officer ever killed in the line of duty.
“He was an officer in a neighboring city, but he was a brother in this career in law enforcement,” said DeSoto Police Sgt. Heath Penwarden. “We loved him dearly and we’re going to miss him.”
Tiwanda Shaw said the loss of her husband is more painful than ever. Asked how she was holding up, she said, “Okay. I think that’s the politically correct thing to say, I think that’s what people want to hear, but every day is a challenge and it doesn’t get any easier. It gets harder every day.”
Shaw said the DeSoto and Lancaster Police Departments have given her tremendous support. “They’ve been an extended family to me — actually, more than family. They have been more supportive than some of my family members,” she said. “And I’m just very grateful for that because Craig thought of them as family.