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6th Annual Ride – Utah Fallen Peace Officer Trail

Thursday May 17, 2018

On Saturday April 21, 2018 the family of fallen Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) Trooper Eric Ellsworth participated in the 6th annual trail ride in Moab, Utah.

The annual ride is to honor the fallen and to help them in a very small way, their families further a part of their lives in the form of a scholarship. This ride is put on by the Utah Peace Officer’s Association.

Eric was honored at mile marker 7 along the trail. Eric’s widow Janica stated “out of all the memorials and tributes I’ve been to for Eric, the one in Moab has been my favorite. The trip brought up some big emotions, since Eric and I used to go to Moab often because his first assignment with UHP was in Green River, just 50 miles from Moab. On our way home, we stopped and reminisced a little about our Green River house and Eric’s old UHP office. Bennett remembered some stuff even though he was only 3 when we moved from there. I feel like Eric and I became really close when we had to move out in the middle of nowhere and just depend on each other. I think one thing that made this memorial so special was that it was out in nature, which Eric loved. Go home and love your family today. ”


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