Thousands participate in annual ride honoring fallen officers in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY – Thousands of people on motorcycles rode from Lindon to the Utah State Capitol Sunday to honor fallen officers.

Event organizers said it is estimated more than 6,000 people participated in the 9th Annual Ride for Fallen Officers, which is put on by officials with the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial and Timpanogos Harley-Davidson.

The riders wound their way past thousands of supporters and ended at the memorial to fallen officers that stands at the State Capitol. Rick Scoggan has participated in the ride each year it has been held.

“Well I think that the fallen officers ride is a great ride for helping the families that lose people that serve us,” he said. “And my son’s an officer, and I’ve got family and friends that are officers, and they put their life on the line and they could use the help when something goes bad for them.”

Allen Handy is among those who founded the annual event, and he said they will continue to offer support for the families of fallen officers.

“Hopefully we don’t have to add any more names to this wall, but if we do, we’ll be here to support the officers and their families,” he said.

Two officers were honored this year, as their names are new additions to the wall. Sgt. Derek Johnson and Sgt. Cory Wride.

Related story: Names of 2 Utah officers killed in the line of duty added to memorial

1 Comment

  • whatifdave

    They ought to create new “walls of life” parks to remember not when a person has died, but that of how they lived. They would plant a tree dedicated for each person; attached would be a smart phone bar code next to that tree. This way, people may watch a video about a person by simply swiping a smart phone across this bar code. There could be a building with private rooms so the family members can watch together seeing how their loved ones had lived.
    Instead of a wall dedicated to certain heroes, they could place several HD sets together to get all the names attached with bar codes for each person, so the public can scan their smart phones to see how that person had lived.
    When getting a living will, people will be asked what they would like to include in a documentary about themselves. If they have minor kids, they could record a message at their attorneys to be watched by their kids once they become adults.
    As part of these “walls of life” parks, a database would be developed so others may get ideas how to react to life and where to lead their own lives. There could be an online magazine called “Biography Weekly” high lighting how others had lived. Schools could teach, as part of a required course, how these great people had lived by searching this database. Every time the public looks at a person’s biography, money could be raised to that family, paid for by subscriptions to this “walls of life” database service.
    This does not have to be just for fallen heroes, but that of military and regular citizens as well. So with all the new technologies of today, please consider such ideas so people of the fallen and others can come to life. Then we can get a better picture about ways we can apply this knowledge to our own lives. Then people’s lives will not pass way in vane.

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