- Posted February 5, 2014 by
Spanish Fork, Utah
Honoring a Fallen Officer
The first police officer to be slain by a gunman this year in the United States was laid to rest today. Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, of Benjamin, Utah, was killed on Jan. 30 on a rural highway just outside Eagle Mountain, UT. He had stopped to check on a truck that had its emergency lights flashing when he was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car running an identity check.
Authorities believe he was shot by 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui who then fled from the scene in his vehicle. During a 2 1/2 hour police chase down I-15, the suspect also shot and injured Deputy Greg Sherwood, 38, who is now in serious condition, crashed into several cars, and committed a carjacking. Garcia-Juaregu engaged in a shootout with police in Nephi, UT., was shot and later died at the hospital. Also in the vehicle with Garcia-Juaregu was a 17 year old female who is now in custody at a juvenile detention center. The suspect had previously served 4 1/2 years in prison for attempted homicide and was paroled from Utah state prison in December 2012.
After an emotional two hour funeral service today attended by thousands of fellow officers, friends, and family members at the UVU campus in Orem, UT., a procession of over 1,000 vehicles made the sixteen mile journey to the Spanish Fork Cemetery for burial. The streets were lined with Americal flags and hundreds of people out to honor this fallen officer.
Wride’s casket was transferred from the hearse to a horse-drawn carriage, which took the casket to the grave site. The graveside services proceeded with a 21-gun salute, a helicopter flyover, the playing of taps, and the traditional "last call" over the police radio, afterwhich the flag which covered Wride's coffin was folded and presented to his widow.
Cory Wride is survived by a wife and five children.