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Slain police officer awarded for child abuse prevention work

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego police Lt. Donna Williams, who was with the department from 1989 until being slain last year, was honored Wednesday with an award at the 28th National Symposium on Child Abuse held in Huntsville, Ala.

The award accepted the award on her behalf by Detective Cindy Brady. Williams' daughter, De Kenya Williams, attended the ceremony.

Williams was given the Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes professionals who have made a significant and positive contribution to services dealing with child abuse and exploitation.

National Symposium on Child Abuse Executive Director Chris Newlin noted that Williams declined invitations to move up in the organizational ladder of the department in order to do the work she loved with the children and families who had dealt with problems.

"Donna left a legacy and reputation that no one has or will come close to emulating," Newlin said. "Donna was a great role model for how teams should work together."

Williams was fatally stabbed, along with her 18-year-old daughter Briana, in their Rancho Penasquitos home on July 18, allegedly by her son Brian Rockwell Williams. A judge ruled in October that Brian Rockwell Williams was mentally incompetent to stand trial and ordered him sent to a state mental hospital.

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