Honoring Utah’s Fallen First Responders

February 3, 2022

The State of Utah and its citizens benefit every day from the work of our Police and Fire Departments, Search and Rescue and EMS teams and many other men and women who commit to risk themselves on our behalf as First Responders. Utah’s First Responders continually train to be the first line of defense in catastrophic situations. They put their lives at risk and go into harm’s way to protect others’ lives, while exhibiting bravery, reliability, and moral fiber in fulfilling their duties. 

As Dean Cain stated, “Real heroes don’t wear capes. Real superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders. Pretend superheroes wear capes!” 

These men and women are Utah’s heroes.  

We are committed to remembering that the preservation of our liberty and way of life comes at a price, that price is often paid by young men and women who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives of the people and to uphold peace and justice in our communities. We regard, with great respect, the honorable service of those in uniform who have fallen, regardless of time, place or circumstance of death.  

Now, be it known that the Legislature of the State of Utah pays tribute to those who are left behind – mothers, fathers, spouses, children, siblings, grandparents, friends, and fellow First Responders – and expresses its heartfelt sympathies to the families of our fallen first responders.  May the examples of the dedicated service of these brave men and women serve as examples to all of the commitment to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Utah.

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