Motorcycle ride to honor fallen officers

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PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Never forgetting Utah’s fallen officers. That’s the message shared Sunday afternoon as many gathered on motorcycles and rode from Salt Lake City to Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge to honor the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“I just think it’s important to keep them in mind always. They’re our heroes,” said Tore Steen, Founder, The Utah 1033 Foundation.

Named after the radio code “10-33,” which means an officer is in urgent need of help, Tore, along with his wife Mona, started the foundation to provide immediate financial support to the families of those fallen Utah law enforcement officers.

Sgt. Derek Johnson’s widow, Shante knows about the foundation all too well.

“I was the recipient of that once and I know how much it means, so I would do anything even if it means reopening my wounds to help somebody else and their family. It means the world to me,” explained Johnson. “It hurts. It’s hard, but I would do it a thousand times over to thank everyone for the support they’ve given, and to give hope to anyone else who is going through it.”

Today’s event included a 21 Gun Salute, and a concert by Utah’s rising rock band Royal Bliss to benefit the foundation, which provides the families of fallen officers with a $25,000 check to help them through tough times.

Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes, who was also at today’s event, told Good4Utah’s Brittany Johnson that our state needs more events like this that bring people together, instead of being divided.

“When we’re here to celebrate families, children, help them with their future — they’ve lost a parent, I think those are the types of things that naturally tend to bring people together.”

Honoring the officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice is something Reyes doesn’t take lightly.

“I’ve worked with many of these families — I know them. And everyday they’re still reeling and dealing with the loss, that giant hole that’s in their lives. And it’s through the love of colleagues and friends,  and the community in general, that really buoys them up and supports them,” said Reyes, as he used a tissue to wipe the tears coming down his face.

“I get emotional, because you can’t help, as a member of the law enforcement community not be. When you see the sacrifice everyday. How diligently these men and women prepare, how careful that they are, how concerned they are about doing the right thing, about protecting people, and knowing how much their families pray every night. Just like we do for their safe return,” Reyes went on to say.

“I think they’re {fallen officers} here at these events, and I think it gives them a chance to reach out and touch their families and let them know that they’re still there, and they’re always watching over them.” 

For more on The Utah 1033 Foundation, click here.

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