Officer Craig Shaw's Sacrifice Not Forgotten a Year Later

Donation made in officer's memory

By Ben Russell
|  Thursday, Nov 10, 2011  |  Updated 12:02 PM CDT
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Officer's Sacrifice Not Forgotten a Year Later

City of Lancaster

Officer Craig Shaw.

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It has been nearly a year-and-a-half since a North Texas police officer and father was gunned down on Father's Day. And his fellow officers are proving that time has not lessened their respect for his service.

Just after 10 Thursday morning, members of the DeSoto Police department, along with the widow of slain Lancaster Officer Craig Shaw, presented a check for more than $8,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Shaw's memory.

The fund is working to build a first-ever museum in Washington, D.C. dedicated to fallen officers from across the country.

"I'm just grateful that they're honoring his memory, that they're not forgetting the sacrifice he made," Tiwanda Shaw said of her husband.

Shaw was killed while responding to a call about an assault at an apartment complex. He became involved in an exchange of gunfire with David Brown, Jr., the son of Dallas' Police Chief David Brown.  David Brown Jr. was also killed, as was another man.

Shaw was the first Lancaster officer ever killed in the line of duty. He left behind a wife and two children.

"He was a good person, not only when he was wearing his uniform. He was also a wonderful husband," Tiwanda Shaw said.

Shaw served on a SWAT team with several members of the DeSoto Police Department. Their officers raised the money donated Thursday from a raffle held during the Texas Police Games, which DeSoto hosted this past summer.

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