BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – It has been two years since Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth lost his life following being hit by a car in Box Elder County.
The 32 year old passed away on November 22, 2016, five days after he was struck by a car while he was diverting traffic around a downed power line.
Trooper Ellsworth’s funeral was held at the Dee Event Center in Ogden and included hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state and Governor Gary Herbert.
“He is a hero a hometown hero,” Governor Herbert said. “We should all try to emulate in our own walk of life.”
Later there was a tearful farewell from his wife Janica.
“Eric you are now more than ever the man of my dreams,” Janica Ellsworth said, wiping away tears.
Janica was left to raise the couple’s three young sons, Ian, Bennett and Ollie on her own. The boys were just 8, 5 and 3 at the time of their father’s death.
“I want you to know, I will try my best to be there for you to help you have a good and fun and comfortable life,” Janica said to her sons.
“Bennett, Ian and Ollie, thank you for sharing you daddy with us,” Sgt. Shane Nebeker said during the funeral. “He is a good man.”
Mourners also heard Trooper Ellsworth’s own voice via a recent phone message he left Janica.
“Hey girl I love you so much,” Ellsworth said. “I miss you. I love my little boys. You guys are awesome and love you.”
Trooper Ellsworth’s final ride, a 27-mile procession to his hometown where he was laid to rest at Brigham City Cemetery.
“He’s a great man. He’s absolutely the best of us. And we’re going to miss him dearly,” UHP Col. Michael Rapich told ABC4 Utah News. “But we will remember him always.”
A dispatcher provided an emotional goodbye over UHP radios.
“This is the final radio call for Trooper 395 Eric Ellsworth,” the dispatcher said. “Thank you for your dedication and service to your family, friends, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the people of Utah. Our hearts are broken but your legacy will live on forever. We will miss your sweet spirit and that beautiful smile. Thank you, Eric. God be with you until we meet again. Last call given this 30th day of November 2016. All units UHP Trooper 395 Eric Ellsworth is now 10-42.”
That’s the radio code for “End of Watch”.
We have included links to all the stories surrounding Trooper Ellsworth’s passing for those who wish to read them.