Thursday, February 6 2014, 05:45 PM MST
Emotional Graveside Services for Sgt. Cory Wride
(KUTV) An emotional and uplifting send off at the Spanish Fork City cemetery for slain Utah County Deputy Sgt. Cory Wride.
Hundreds of officers lined the roadway inside the cemetery as officer Wride's casket was carried in a horse drawn carriage.
Behind the carriage is Sgt. Wride's personal horse named Twinkie. He was carrying Wride's boots and hat that were attached to the saddle.
Wride's wife was seated up front on the carriage showing her support to the officers standing at attention saluting her and her husband.
"Just a tough day all the way around," said Lt. Dave Caron with the Springville Police Department.
"It's never easy," said Sheriff Mark Gower from Iron County.
Gower was one of many officers who traveled from afar to pay respects to Sgt. Wride.
Chief Ken Geddes is from the Preston, Idaho police department. "Come down to support that family," said Chief Geddes.
Officers say watching this funeral shows the reality of their job and the risk they take. "We are always frightened for the service that our officers do and the risk they take," said Geddes.
"The realities are always there for us. Every officer knows that this can be a very dangerous job, and every officer has had that close encounter with death," said Lt. Matt Siufanua with Provo Police Dept.
Most of the officers attending the funeral have never met Deputy Wride, but that doesn't matter because of the brotherhood in law enforcement.
"There is a comradery, there is a brotherhood, its tight," said Gower.
The service also included a 21-gun salute, a helicopter fly over and a "last call" over the Utah County dispatch radio.
The last call could be heard echoing across the cemetery on officers radios, "1-J-1501-j-150...Sgt. Cory Wride we thank you for your dedication and service to the citizens of Utah County the Utah County Sheriffs office the state of Utah and to the United States of America. Your life of service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten."
By: Dan Rascon
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)