WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson was laid to rest Monday at Valley View Memorial Park. Officer Brotherson was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours of November 6th, 2016.
West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo said, “On that morning Cody was trying to protect the community. He was fighting crime. He was trying to arrest offenders and when that moment came he stood strong he didn’t waver he didn’t run away and unfortunately he sacrificed his life, and he sacrificed his life for what he believed in and what he loved.”
During the graveside service a last call was made. “Cody’s personality, his passion for the job, and his work ethic exemplifies the traits that every officer should have. With a quick smile, a witty joke or a prank Cody made fast friends with all those who surrounded him. He had the uncanny capability of reaching beyond his badge to touch the lives of the citizens of the city he loved. Cody your bothers and sisters in blue in West Valley will never forget your ultimate sacrifice and will serve proudly in your honor, and we’re so thankful to call you our brother and our friend and we will always cherish the short time we had with you. Officer Brotherson your boys will take it from here. Officer 8444 we now show you 10-42 for the last time. It’s been a pleasure and a blessing. End of watch 13:53.”
Hundreds of police officers from across the country attended Officer Brotherson’s funereal including officers from the New York City Police Department. Officer Thomas Podd with NYPD’s 63rd precinct said it was an honor for him to attend the services. “We’re basically one huge family,” said officer Podd. “It doesn’t matter what patch we have on our shoulder we’re all the same bothers and sisters through and through.”
Chief Lee Russo says in his life and even in his death Officer Cody Brotherson is bringing the community of West Valley City together. “What has been sacrificed here wasn’t in vain,” said Russo. “Cody gave his life for what he believed in and that was protecting a community, protecting the neighborhoods that he grew up in and that means a lot to our community.”
Not just the community of West Valley City, but the nation as a whole. “What he has done is brought a city together and he has really unified a people and a cause.” Chief Russo says there have been nine law enforcement deaths in the U.S. In the last week alone. “People are paying attention,” said Russo. “People are starting to value what police officers put on the line every day to protect their communities.”
Cody Brotherson was 25 years old. He is survived by his parents, two younger brothers, Braydon and Alex, and his fiancé Jessica Le.