SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert ordered the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on the day of Draper Police Sgt. Derek Ray Johnson's funeral, Friday, September 6, 2013. Sgt. Johnson died in the line of duty last Sunday. The Governor issued the following statement:
"On behalf of a grateful state, Jeanette and I offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of Sgt. Derek Johnson. Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with Derek's wife and young son. We mourn with you, the City of Draper mourns with you, and the entire State of Utah mourns with you.
"This is a meaningful time for us to reflect on the service and bravery our men and women in law enforcement demonstrate every day. Those in uniform willingly risk their lives with every car they pull over, every home they visit, and every call to which they respond to for the public's safety - our safety. It is imperative we demonstrate our sincere gratitude for all who serve, and especially those who make the ultimate sacrifice."
The Governor plans to attend the memorial services for Sgt. Johnson on Friday at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.