Park opens in SLC honoring officer killed in the line of duty in 1982

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A memorial park is complete for a Salt Lake City police officer who lost his life in the line of duty.

Sgt. Ron Heaps was shot and killed while investigating a call of a suspicious man on 3rd East and 13th South in 1982.

The new park is Located on 256 East 1035 South and will honor Sgt. Heaps' sacrifice and remind the community that every call an officer takes could be deadly.

One of the officers who trained under Heaps said this park is a 33 year dream.

“It’s the end of a long, long process to honor the man that trained me and helped me survive my 30-year career,” said Lt. Arthur Healy, who is retired from the Salt Lake City Police Department. “I would not have survived if I had not had the training that Ron Heaps provided me.”

The park also includes community garden beds that will be used by elementary students in the area to grow flowers and vegetables.

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