UNCATEGORIZED

Capitol Bells Ring To Remember Utahns Who Died From COVID-19

Jan 19, 2021, 6:11 PM | Updated: 7:58 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah State Capitol bells tolled in an emotional tribute to honor the Utahns who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Kortnie Aldous and her family were there to listen as the bells rang 15 times Tuesday afternoon — once for every 100 lives lost.

“I’m glad that they’re doing this for all the Utahns that we lost,” she said.

Her father, Ken Kirkman, was 74 years old when he died this past May.

He was one of Utah’s early victims of COVID-19.

“He was more than a number,” said Aldous. “This is really neat. This is really special, and my family is really grateful that the state has done this.”

Karen Kirkman and her family watch as the Capitol bells rang to honor her husband, Ken Kirkman, and all Utahns who died because of COVID-19. (KSL-TV) The family of COVID-19 victim, Ken Kirkman, sit at the capitol steps to hear the bell ring in honor of Utahns who died from the disease. (KSL TV)

What the state did Tuesday afternoon was ring the bell on top of the Capitol 15 times to honor and remember the 1,507 Utahns who had died from COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

Kirkman’s family said they had to be here.

“It’s a war. It’s a war we’ve been fighting, and we have these victims,” said Karen Kirkman, Ken Kirkman’s widow.

She also tested positive for the virus and was hospitalized at the same time as her husband.

It’s also where she said goodbye to him.

“I remember laying in the hospital and thinking, watching the news and thinking, ‘Oh please I hope it doesn’t go to 60,” she said.

Ken Kirkman was among the first 60 people who died in Utah from the virus.

Remembering The Utahns We’ve Lost: Ken Kirkman

Now, there are over 1,500 Utahns who have lost their lives to the virus.

“It’s just so, so sad,” said Karen Kirkman.

For all the emotions the Kirkmans felt Tuesday, one of them is joy that Ken Kirkman, and all those who died because of the virus, are still being remembered.

The order to ring the Capitol bells came from Gov. Spencer Cox.

“We will never forget the heavy toll this deadly virus has taken in this state and we pray for comfort and peace to the families and friends left behind,” Cox said.

“I know other people and families feel the same way I do about those they lost,” said Aldous. “So, this is a very special thing they’re doing. I’m grateful.”


Coronavirus Resources

Have you or a family member been affected by coronavirus issues in Utah? KSL wants to hear from you. Contact KSL by emailing social@ksl.com.

What is COVID-19? Here’s What You Need To Know To Stay Healthy

The latest coronavirus stories from KSL can be found here.

Your Life Your Health: How parents can prepare their home, children against coronavirus.

How do I prevent it?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Uncategorized

Luanne Monson

TONIGHT 3/1

5 days ago
Luanne Monson

WEDNESDAY 3/1

5 days ago
Luanne Monson

TONIGHT 2/28

5 days ago
Luanne Monson

TUESDAY 2/28

5 days ago
Luanne Monson

TONIGHT 2/27

5 days ago
Luanne Monson

MONDAY 2/27

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Capitol Bells Ring To Remember Utahns Who Died From COVID-19