CEDAR CITY – Tired of the negative publicity law enforcement officers across the country have experienced recently, several county commissioners have joined forces to organize a gathering next week at the Utah Capitol.
Coined as “Utah’s Salute to Law and Order,” Iron County Commissioner Dale Brinkerhoff organized the event to show support for the law enforcement community.
“I’m tired of the media focusing on a few select situations involving law enforcement and painting all of law enforcement with that brush,” Brinkerhoff said. “We need to remember each and every day nearly 1 million officers put their lives on the line to keep citizens across this nation safe. Sometimes we forget the thousands of good things these people do.”
Other commissioners involved in putting the event together include Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller, Beaver County Commissioner Mark Whitney, Piute County Commissioner Darin Bushman and Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock.
The event is scheduled for noon Thursday and will feature several speakers, including Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Attorney General Sean Reyes and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.
Whitney and Miller will lead the audience in the pledge of allegiance with Sgt. Spencer Cannon singing the national anthem, and Kailey Gilbert singing “God Bless America.”
The Utah National Guard will present the colors and play the instrumental piece “Taps.” Utah state Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, will offer the invocation. Utah state Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, will offer the benediction.
Spouses from four fallen Utah police officers will have the opportunity to address the audience, including Nannette, wife of Sgt. Cory Wride from Utah County; Shante, wife of Sgt. Derek Johnson from Draper; Kristie, wife of Trooper Aaron Beesley from Utah Highway Patrol; Erin, wife of Officer Jared Francom from Ogden; and Shawna, wife of Deputy Brian Harris from Kane County.
Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said he is grateful to Brinkerhoff and the other commissioners for taking the time to say thanks to those officers who risk their lives in the line of duty.
“I’ll give credit to Commissioner Brinkerhoff for putting this together. He’s very supportive of peace officer and what we do, and he’s done this to honor us, and I’m pleased he’s done this,” Gower said. “This type of event shows people we’re unified as peace officers, and we all have the same goal in mind, and that’s to serve our community and to protect people from those who would victimize others.”
Whitney said he feels it’s time to let law enforcement officers know how thankful the communities are for their service.
“We have thousands of law enforcement personnel that are great and wonderful people. Sometimes the profession gets a raw deal in the media. I think it’s time we told them thanks,” he said.
The salute to law and order will be conducted in the Hall of Governors. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of bus transportation to the Capitol, as parking is extremely limited. Participants can sign up for updates at the event website, utahsalute.com.Share