WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – West Valley City Police officers held a unique fundraiser to help raise money as a way to help some of Utah’s children during Christmas, and honor one of their own.
The “Beards for Brotherson” campaign had officers paying to avoid shaving as well as collecting additional donations from the community throughout the month of November and December. All together they raised $4,400 which was donated to the Giving Tree in the name of fallen officer Cody Brotherson.
Brotherson, 25, was a three year veteran of the West Valley City Police Department who was killed November 6, 2016 after he was struck by a fleeing suspect’s vehicle while attempting to deploy spikes at the intersection of 4100 South 2200 West.
Officer Brotherson’s death was the first line of duty death for the West Valley City Police department.
2016 was an exceptionally difficult year for law enforcement across Utah. In January, Unified Police Officer Doug Barney was killed on Jan 17 after being shot by a fugitive and Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth was killed on Nov 22 after being struck by a car while he was assisting with a downed power line. The next time Utah would see an in line of duty death was just a month ago when Officer David Romrell was hit by and killed by a suspects vehicle.
Brotherson grew up in West Valley City and is survived by his parents, two brothers and a fiancé.