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National Recognition of Fallen Utah Law Enforcement Officers is Planned

May 13, 2013

Memorial Wall with mementos. According to the National Law Enforcement Fund, over the last decade, an average of 160 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty.
Credit File: National Law Enforcement Fund

Fallen police Officer Jared Francom’s name is to be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Wednesday in Washington, DC. Francom was killed as the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force attempted to serve a warrant. Five other officers were injured in a gun battle that ensued. Francom’s family as well as Weber County Attorney Dee Smith is in Washington for the ceremonies. Smith says people should not forget the sacrifices these officers make every day for their community.

“We really don’t think about it too often until we see a tragic event unfold and then we realize that these guys are put into harm’s way almost every day and that there’re unfortunately a lot of dangerous people out there and these guys have to be on guard at all times,” says Smith.

He says Officer Francom would light up the room when he walked in because that’s just the guy he was. Smith says he also cared about people, including those he had arrested.

“He’d talk with them about life’s choices and the direction they were going and that it wasn’t too late for them to turn things around and make different choices," Smith says. "He was really a true public servant.”

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley will also be named on the Memorial. Beesley died last June on a search and rescue mission on Mt. Olympus east of the Salt Lake Valley.