Dog breeder’s touching gift for grieving family of police officer mowed down by a truck after pulling over Porsche
- Const Josh Prestney, 28, was killed in the Eastern Freeway tragedy in Melbourne
- His brother, Alex, wanted to get a border collie puppy to help his grieving family
- Police Legacy CEO Lex Man went on 3AW and asked if anyone could help them
- A dog breeder called and said their dog was pregnant and would donate a puppy
A dog breeder has answered a call for help by giving a puppy to the brother of one of the four police officers killed when struck by a truck on a Melbourne freeway in April.
Alex Prestney – the younger brother of Constable Josh Prestney, 28 who was killed in the Eastern freeway tragedy at Kew on April 22 – was looking to get a border collie puppy.
Police Legacy chief executive Lex Man had spoken to Alex – who is also a police officer – about getting a dog to help in the family’s healing, and put out a call on 3AW radio on Tuesday to see if anyone could help.
A woman named Emma rang in and said her sister bred border collies and one of them, named Flossy, was pregnant and Alex could have one of the puppies.
Shortly afterwards, the sister, named Melinda, called to say Flossy was about to go into labour.
Flossy eventually delivered ten puppies.
Alex Prestney (left) is the younger brother of Constable Josh Prestney (right), 28, one of the four officers who were killed in the Eastern Freeway tragedy at Kew in Melbourne, Victoria on April 22, was looking for a border collie puppy
Police Legacy CEO Lex Man heard of Alex’s search and asked anyone who could provide him with a dog to contact them on 3AW radio on Tuesday. After the call was made, a woman named Emma called and said her sister bred border collie
Mr Man said he had spoken to Alex, who is also a police officer, late last week and he said the puppy would bring ‘relief’ and ‘help’ to his family during the grieving process.
‘It would bring a smile to his face and the face of his family,’ Mr Man said.
Emma said she was driving home from work when she heard Mr Man’s plea.
‘We’ve got a border collie that has helped us with grief and my husband getting over PTSD. So they are amazing dogs and I’d love to help out if I can.’
Emma said she would donate the puppy and did not want any money.
Mr Man said Emma’s response was ‘marvellous’ and thanked her for her generosity.
One of them, named Flossy (pictured), was pregnant and Alex could have one of the puppies. Shortly after the call, the sister, named Melinda, called as well and announced Flossy had gone into labour and gave birth to ten puppies
A private funeral to honour Const Prestney was held on May 4 at 10am at his former Catholic high school, Xavier College (pictured: Alex and Josh)
Constable Joshua Prestney was killed on duty after a truck crashed into him and three colleagues in the emergency lane of the Eastern Freeway
The officers had pulled over Richard Pusey, 42, who was allegedly speeding down the Eastern Freeway at 149km/h in his Porsche 911.
As they were standing at the roadside, they were struck by a truck driven by Mohinder Singh, 47, who was been charged over their deaths.
Pusey was charged with nine offences including driving at a dangerous speed, reckless conduct endangering life, failing to render assistance and drug possession.
A private funeral for Const. Prestney, also a triathlon enthusiast, was held on May 4 at 10am at his former Catholic high school, Xavier College.
Alex had presented him with his badge when he graduated from the academy last December.
Const Prestney lost his life alongside Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Glen Humphris.
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