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Fallen Police Officers Honored At Utah State Capitol


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the state capitol hosted a tribute in honor of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Taps and a dove release marked the occasion.

Organizers added two new names to the memorial.

Utah Highway Patrol officer Franklin Schaerrer died in 1945 following surgery on a hernia. He suffered the massive hernia while trying to lift a car after a crash.

A domestic violence suspect fatally shot Ogden Police Officer Nathan Lyday nearly a year ago.

Officer Lyday’s mother, Nancy, said she is proud of him.

“It’s just a neat thing to have knowing that my son left, just 24 years old and he left such a legacy,” she said. “He’s unbelievable.”

A total of 147 Utah police officers have died in the line of duty.

Officials called that a sobering reminder of the risk each officer takes every day to preserve our freedom and safety.

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