SALT LAKE CITY – (Feb. 4, 2014) 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 Utah County Sherriff's Sgt. Cory Wride's funeral, Wednesday, February 4, 2014. Sgt. Wride died in the line of duty last Thursday. 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. Cory Wride. I knew Cory from when I was County Commissioner and I am deeply saddened by his tragic death. Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with Cory's wife and his five children.
"Sometimes we lose sight of the danger our men and women in uniform face each and every day. Yet they willing serve and respond every time. Let us not forget this, and be grateful for their service and sacrifice. This is a time to remember Sgt. Cory Wride, and all those who make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our public safety."
Gov. Herbert describes feeling "heartbroken" by the death of Sgt. Wride and plans to attend memorial services on Wednesday at the Utah Valley University Events Center in Orem. Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday.