Motorcyclists Ride For Families of Fallen Officers
Jun 23, 2019, 7:12 PM | Updated: 7:15 pm
SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Motorcyclists from across Utah gathered for a ride to raise money for the families of fallen officers Sunday.
Organizers of the Utah 1033 Foundation said more than 2,000 people, including officers from several agencies, participated in the ride. The organization gives financial assistance to the families of officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
“The 1033 shows up with a check for $25,000 within that first 24 hours, so any of the financial burdens, things like that, is immediately taken care of so the family can do what they need to do,” said Blake Cutler, manager of the Harley-Davidson dealership that helped sponsor the ride.
The dealership is not far from the South Salt Lake City Police Department. Officer David Romrell, who had been with the department just under a year, was killed in November.
“He spent time in our store. He spent time here. We knew him, so this one, especially, is touching really close to home,” Cutler said.
The group drove about an hour from the dealership on State Street to an event center in Kamas. South Salt Lake City Police Chief Jack Carruth spoke to the crowd, bringing Officer Romrell’s widow, Elizabeth, and their son, Jackson, onto the stage.
“That was a gut-punch to the South Salt Lake City Police Department. Without the 1033 Foundation stepping in, I don’t know how we would have handled that as an agency,” Carruth said
Shante Johnson’s husband, Draper Police Sergeant Derek Johnson, was killed in 2013. She has attended the ride every year since then.
“I just come away knowing that the world is still a good place, and knowing that we still have a huge family that loves us,” Johnson said.
Organizers do not yet know how much Sunday’s event raised for the organization. According to the foundation’s website, they have given $225,000 to families of fallen officers since they were organized in 2011.