EXCLUSIVE: Wife Of Fallen Officer Speaks Out
Apr 24, 2019, 6:21 PM
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Exactly five months ago today, a South Salt Lake officer lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a burglary.
Now, for the first time since his death, Officer David Romrell’s widow sits down for an exclusive interview with KSL TV News Specialist Dan Rascon to talk about her husband’s legacy and the trip of healing she’s planning for Washington, D.C. next month.
“This whole year has been about honoring my husband, grieving my husband and paying respect,” said Liz Romrell. “He did not die in vain, I refuse to let that happen. I will make sure people know who he was and what an honorable man he was.”
Next month Liz, her nine month old son and her family will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the annual fallen officer memorial. It’s a week-long event honoring those officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“Going to the monument and seeing his name for the very first time is going to be really hard. To know his name is there because he died in the line of duty serving his community and doing what he loved,” said an emotional Liz. “I also know that because his name is there he will never be forgotten.”
Exclusive: exactly 5 months ago today she lost her husband in the line of duty.. now for the first time she sits down for a one on one interview to talk about her feelings & and her planned trip of healing only on @KSL5TV 5 & 6 @southsaltlake pic.twitter.com/JOHzjLhkxb
— Dan Rascon (@TVDanRascon) April 24, 2019
Liz said her biggest challenge is to make sure her son who was just four months old when his dad was killed remembers who his dad was.
“That’s the hardest thing is making sure my son knows who his dad is,” she said. “His dad was a Marine, his dad was an officer, his dad was a strong and incredible man who would do anything for his community, for his country and for those who he loved.”
Officer Romrell’s legacy continues to live on in the South Salt Lake Police station where not only is his plaque front and center in the lobby, but they also memorialized his locker — retiring locker number 15.
The locker door now has a clear opening where officer Romrell’s picture can be seen inside, along with other special belongings.
“Even though time has passed pretty quickly it still feels very much like yesterday, like it just happened,” said Chief Jack Carruth with South Salt Lake P.D. “Still in the hearts and minds of all of our officers.”
Chief Carruth says 22 officers also plan to head to D.C. to honor Romrell.
“Means a lot to them to be there…. to hear his name read in Washington D.C. as his name is placed on the national memorial wall,” said the chief.
The community is holding a benefit dinner and concert at Pats BBQ to help raise money for the trip. That will be held on Friday April 25th at 5pm at 155 West Commonwealth Avenue in South Salt Lake. Tickets are $20.