Events to honor Utah’s law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty
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ATV riders explore the Fallen Peace Officer Trail northwest of Moab. This year’s ceremony to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will be held April 5. Photo courtesy of Ride with Respect
ATV riders explore the Fallen Peace Officer Trail northwest of Moab. This year’s ceremony to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will be held April 5. Photo courtesy of Ride with Respect
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The Utah Peace Officers Association will host the Fallen Peace Officer Trail ride and memorial ceremony near Moab on April 5. The event, which will begin with a memorial ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Registration is required and proceeds from the April 5 event will help fund scholarships for the families of the fallen peace officers.

The dedication will be open to pedestrian traffic only and those who wish to attend should park at the Dalton Wells parking area, two miles away just off U.S. 191, approximately 17 miles north of Moab at mile marker 141. Shuttle buses will provide transportation from the Dalton Wells parking lot to the site of the ceremony.

After the memorial ceremony, some participants will take a 14-mile backcountry ATV ride along the trail. Classified as moderately difficult, the trail negotiates rocky washes, rock steps, slickrock, and sand, and offers views of Arches National Park and the surrounding area.

Throughout the day, the public is invited to experience the Honor Corridor and Solemnity Walk, where information about the fallen officers remembered at this year’s event will be presented. A representative from each fallen officer’s agency will be present to provide information to the public. The Honor Corridor and Solemnity Walk will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is restricted to pedestrian traffic only.

The officers who will be honored this year and the dates of their deaths are: Salt Lake City Police Marshall Andrew H. Burt (1883); Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel W. Harris (1982); Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Edward Dare (2002); Utah Department of Corrections Officer Edwin J. Fisher (1955); Navajo Police Department Officer Ester Todecheene (1998); Wasatch County Sheriff’s Sgt. G. Scott Hathcock (2008); Duchesne County Sheriff’s Lt. Gerry Ivie Duchesne (1987); Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. James R. Merrill (1974); Richfield Police Department Marchal Lee F. Isbell (1921); Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Melvin C. Colebrook (1973); Salt Lake City Police Det. Percy L. Clark (1973); Jordan Police Department Officer Ron Wood (2002); Carbon County Sheriff Samuel M. Bliss (1945) and Provo City Police Officer Trent Halliday (2006).

The Fallen Peace Officer Trail is intended to “honor the lives and service of Utah’s fallen law enforcement heroes,” according to a news release from Utah State Parks and Recreation.

For more information, or to register, visit upoa.org.

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