SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Five high school students have received a special gift before heading to college.
The Utah 1033 Foundation is an organization that helps the families of officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Tuesday morning it gave $12,500 in scholarships to students of law enforcement families in honor of Utah’s most recent fallen officers: Ogden City Police Officer Jared Francom, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley, Draper City Police Sergeant Derek Johnson, Utah County Sheriff Sergeant Cory Wride and Unified Police Officer Doug Barney.
Aspen Wimmer is Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer’s daughter and the first to receive the Ofc. Doug Barney Leadership Award.
“We all send our law enforcement officer out to work everyday to serve the community and it’s our deepest fear that something like that might happen. But, I feel like I know them through the law enforcement family,” she said. “It is really a great honor to be receiving the Doug Barney Award and its devastating that the award exists and that so many men and women do give the ultimate sacrifice.”
Sgt. Wride made that sacrifice. And his daughter, KylieAnne, worked hard after his death to succeed in school.
“It means a lot to me. I’m really excited. It’s a big deal because I’m getting it in my dad’s name,” she said. “I’m sure it would be such an honor to my dad that I’m getting it.”
Tore Steen is the co-founder of The Utah 1033 Foundation and said, “It is a very emotional event, where the families of the officers who have fallen in the line of duty are here and the families of the awardees.”
The families of the fallen are thankful for each of the students work.
“I take a lot of heart to that, that they know that it’s because something was sacrificed for them so that we can move forward with education,” said Sgt. Derek Johnson’s Widow Shante Johnson. “I can only imagine that there has been a lot of hard work and it means a significant amount to them and where else can you find that.”
For some of the students its about being apart of a bigger family.
“It allows law enforcement children to be able to like, be able to think about the law enforcement and to really learn what they really mean to them,” said Wride.
The 2016 Leadership Awards include Aspen Wimmer of Stansbury High School, Jacob Barson of Springville High School, Nicole Lloyd of Richfield High School, Kamryn Slinger of Lone Peak High School and KylieAnne Wride of Spanish Fork High School.
If you would like more information on The Utah 1033 Foundation and how you can get involved visit www.utah1033.org or call 801.814.8589.