Wife of officer killed in the line of duty faces financial uncertainty

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UTAH COUNTY --The widow of Sgt. Cory Wride faces an uncertain financial future.

Sgt. Wride was killed while on duty in Utah County last January in what other officers have described as an "ambush." The suspect who took Wride's life died in a shootout with police later that day.

In the weeks since, Nanette Wride has been sifting through a myriad of emotions and a mountain of paperwork. She's still not sure exactly what her financial resources will be going forward, but she's learning the situation is far more challenging than she, or Cory, had imagined.

"I'm not positive what I'm going to have once everything comes in," she said. "My financial guy sat down with me, and I will be getting probably 60 percent of what Cory and I would have made had he been alive, and that's with both of us working. So I really don't have the option of staying home."

Wride had worked for the Utah County Sheriff's Office for 19 years and three months at the time of his death. Had he died at the 20 year mark or beyond, he would have been eligible for retirement under the state's guidelines, and Nanette would have received 65 percent of his income. Because of the nine month difference, she gets only 37 percent.

Four weeks after her husband's death, Nanette said she also returned to work full time because she couldn't afford the $1,400 a month bill to continue Cory's insurance package.

Representative Paul Ray, R-District 13, is looking into Utah State Retirement Systems to see if adjustments might me made, perhaps retroactively, to help Nanette Wride and others in her situation.

Meanwhile, Nanette urges officers and their families to find extra insurance beyond what the state provides.


  • Bitsko

    Term life insurance is DIRT CHEAP!!!! Even for cops.

    Rule of thumb: The face value should be at least 10 years of your salary.

    • James

      I feel bad for the family. I can’t believe he did not have any life insurance…especially in his line of work.

  • humble opinion

    You see this hurts me. To see that these brave souls put their lives on the line to protect us and not just the officers but also the brave men and women in the military. Defending our great way of life. then to see that one has fallen in the line of duty and his or her family left with the bare minimum to live on and deal with the heart ache of the lost one. all this heart ache over some simple technicality of a few months. Where has our government gone wrong this person and many others have given the ultimate sacrifice and their family’s who where and are by their sides should not have to worry about healthcare or financial needs. I will pray this family and many others in the same situation find peace. My humble opinion.

  • katie

    37 percent of her husbands retirement is far far more than the average person gets, its not income based like social security survivors benefits, so she can’t stay at home… who can these days, had to go back to work full-time after 4 Weeks!
    My mothers husband passed away in August, with no life insurance she doesn’t have a percentage of his retirement since he was disabled, she had to pay $4,000 to have him cremated, and had to return to work after 3 days bereavement leave and use vacation time to finish the arrangements, she has to fight social security and prove her marriage to get maybe 3 months a year of survivors benefits…

    This lady is just upset that she can’t continue to live at the same level of comfort she is accustomed to…
    The department would pay the funeral/burial costs since he died in the line of duty, which saves her a lot of money…
    There were also fundraisers held on her behalf…

    Its all complaining about not being able to live at the same level of comfort as before her husband died!
    I agree this is news why?!

  • one tired of high taxes

    Why does the death of a loved one turn family so greedy? It should not be the burden of the tax payer to pay for a life style she wants. It is a shame he got killed no one deserves that. This couple should have planned better in case of something likes this happens. He chose this profession and they had to know the risks going in. She is going to get a fair amount every month, the insurance will soak up most of it. No one is stopping her from getting out and getting JOB with insurance for a lower cost. She might have to tone down her lifestyle to something affordable. Bottom line get out get a job and be a responsible part of society not a leech.

  • Have a Heart

    This is really sad. This man put his life on the line and eventually gave it to protect us. The least we can do is help his widow. I don’t understand how we can give millions of dollars away in welfare and food stamps to people who do nothing to earn them and can’t provide for a fallen officer’s family. I believe we should have a program to help when an officer is killed in the line of duty. It is the least we can do.

  • Rita Brady

    I don’t understand. I lost my husband 34 yrs. ago we were both 35 yrs. old. I was left with 5 children & pregant with # 6. We recieved social security for 16 yrs. ( untell # 6 finished high school)

  • Mike Martinez

    Check out this webpage: https://www.psob.gov/ This is a federally funded program through the Dept. of Jusice, Peace Safety Officer’s Benefits provides a death benefit to the surviving family members of public safety officers killed int he line of duty. Right now, the benefit is awarding about $333,000. That should help her out a lot.

  • Pam Mace

    Sometimes medical issues a person has or their line of work prevents them from getting a lot of life insurance. Because my husband is diabetic he can’t get any more than what he has. they won’t sell it to him.

  • Todd Unsicker

    This upsets me. I got divorced and had to start all over. Friday night my home went up in flames. It was a total loss. People have donated clothes and toys for my two kids, however I lost everything. She she just stop being greedy and look that she has a nice home and her family. Cut back and don’t live so lavishly.

  • Victoria Cordero

    I am sorry she lost her husband. Life for her really doesn’t sound all that rough. I lost my ex a year ago. He was killed in an accident in Texas after I came running back to Utah with our kids. She got a $1500 death benefit, monthly income and has her home. We got just over $200 death benefit, monthly survivor benefit and evicted from our apartment last summer because I didn’t have enough income (during the months it took the SSA to get their act together) to cover rent and food. All the time spent going to court to be awarded child support was a waste. My ex was a veteran and now my kids are the homeless offspring of a veteran. There should be some kind of emergency assistance to protect all families, in case of sudden death. It was hard enough for my kids to lose their dad. Losing our home made it worse. Nobody held a fund raiser for them and we certainly didn’t become a news story. Life goes on.

  • aw

    Wow. These comments offer some heavy judgment on a woman who just lost her husband. I assume that the people offering them are perfect. Yes, she should have planned better. Have any of us EVER failed to plan our lives (and deaths) PERFECTLY? Have any of us ever misunderstood, forgotten, or procrastiated a financial decision? Furthermore, she is not whining about the unfairness of her situation. She is telling the truth about the difficulty she is facing, and warning other not to make the same mistakes.

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