— Several Utah County Commissioners joined forces to organize an event to honor, pay respect, and pledge continued support for law enforcement. “Utah’s Salute to Law and Order” will be held January 29th at 12:00 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol.
Iron County Utah Commissioner Dale Brinkerhoff will offer the event welcome. The event will feature speeches by Utah’s Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes, Salt Lake County Utah Mayor Ben McAdams, and Beaver County Utah Commissioner Mark Whitney. Iron County Utah Commissioner David Miller will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Utah National Guard will present the colors and play the instrumental piece Taps. Utah State Senator Karen Mayne will offer the invocation. Utah State Senator Evan Vickers will offer the Benediction. Sgt. Spencer Cannon will be singing the National Anthem, and Kailey Gilbert will be singing God Bless America. Spouses from four fallen Utah Officers will also have the opportunity to address the audience; These individuals are Nannette, wife of Sgt. Cory Wride, Utah County, Shante, wife of Sgt. Derek Johnson, Draper City, Kristie, wife of Trooper Aaron Beesley, UHP, Erin, wife of Officer Jared Francom, Ogden City, and Shawna, wife of Deputy Brian Harris, Kane County.
Iron County Utah Commissioner Dale Brinkerhoff who originated the idea of a “tribute day to law enforcement” stated, “I’m tired of the news media focusing on a few select situations involving law enforcement and painting all of law enforcement with that brush.” Continuing on Commissioner 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.” Beaver County Utah Commissioner Mark Whitney stated, “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.” Piute County Utah Commissioner Darin Bushman stated, “These people work in a job that most wouldn’t want nor would they have the courage to do, yet many are quick to second guess them and criticize their actions, I for one am grateful for each and everyone of them that work everyday to keep us safe and ensure our welfare.” Iron County Commissioner David Miller said, “It is time to salute our great American heritage of self government, law and order and the many men and women who serve our communities, that may find themselves in harms way, for our benefit. I am grateful everyday for these civil servants.”
The Salute to Law and Order will be held in the Hall of Governors at the Utah State Capitol Building. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of bus transportation to the Capitol, as parking is extremely limited. Participants can signup for event updates at the event website http://utahsalute.com. Members of the press are encouraged to attend, seating will be provided during the program.
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