Standing in solidarity: Here’s how Trooper Ellsworth’s small hometown honored him

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BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Main Street shut down, Wednesday afternoon, as families, business owners, and individuals stopped what they were doing to step outside in the cold and stand together in solidarity. 

It was the community’s way of showing support for fallen Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth and his family during a long funeral procession from the Dee Events Center in Ogden to the trooper’s final resting place, the Brigham City Cemetery.

“We have to support each other,” one person said. 

“We’d do it in zero-degree weather if we had to,” someone else commented. 

Brigham City Fire Official, Jerry Estep rubbed shoulders with Ellsworth for all seven years he served UHP.  He says the young trooper brightened the day for anyone who crossed his path. 

“Great guy.  Always cared about everybody else, concerned what was going on… Pretty jovial — always had a joke for us,” Estep smiled. 

The public servant’s passing hit too close to home for some in the tightly-knit town, especially those with family members out protecting the public on a daily basis. 

“You pray for those that don’t have a husband or loved one come home.  You pray that things will be okay for them down the road,” Shellee Estep said. 
        
The Ellsworths are not the only ones people are praying for.  Community members who know the 16 year-old driver who accidentally hit the trooper say they are concerned for her, too.

“It’s really hard because she, you know, she didn’t see him… and she will have to live with that for the rest of her life,” one of the teen’s neighbors told Good 4 Utah’s Ali Monsen. 

It was an outpouring of love and support all around at a very personal level, and as hundreds of patrol cars from agencies across Utah passed through the small town full of blue ribbons and patriotic banners, people in Brigham City said they are proud to honor a true hero. 

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