WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 Utah News) – One year after a teenager driving a stolen car struck and killed 25 year old West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson while he was laying out a spike strip, his family and his police family gathered to honor his memory.
During a ceremony at Fairbourne Station Plaza, his mother Jenny Brotherson remembered her son as a hero.
“To Cody. You were our hero long before anyone knew your name,” Mrs. Brotherson said. “You were born my hero and I will forever miss what you brought to our family.”
Jessica Le was engaged to be married to Cody.
“I’m all about honoring his life and his legacy rather than remembering how he died,” Le told ABC4 Utah News.
While the ceremony marked the one year anniversary of Officer Brotherson’s death, his former supervisor says remembering Cody is something they do every day around the WVCPD.
“I would say that there’s not a day that doesn’t go by that we don’t see a plaque or a memorial of his of some kind that triggers some type of memory,” Sergeant Jacob Hill said.
“Anytime we remember him and the way he was taken from us it obviously triggers a lot of emotions.”
Officer 8444 – gone but not forgotten.
“He was more than just an officer,” Le said with tears in her eyes. “He was an amazing officer, he really was but he was more than that he was just this fun loving guy who had a major attitude and loved to be with his friends and his family…The fact that he’s not physically here anymore, it’s just, it’s hard. It’s really hard.”
During the ceremony, West Valley City Councilman Don Christensen announced that a stretch of 4100 South is being renamed Cody Brotherson Parkway.