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Governor Joins DPS in Honoring Its Finest

Tuesday October 10, 2017

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) honored more than 75 of its finest from all 11 divisions and bureaus, including members of the public and officers from across the state. Governor Gary Herbert joined DPS Commissioner Keith Squires in presenting local, state and community members who have made an impact on Utah and its residents in 2017. From honoring law enforcement, local and state partners who have contributed to Operation Rio Grande and officers who have risked their own lives to save the lives of others to going above and beyond to ensure customers receive the best experience.

Utah 541 fallen officers were also honored at the ceremony. Included were Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth and West Valley Officer Cody Brotherson who died in the line of duty late 2016.

“It has been a year of intensely hard work. But I’m equally sure that your hard work has been rewarding,” said Commissioner Squires. “The service that public safety employees provide is critical to our communities.”

Governor Herbert, Speaker Greg Hughes, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown and others joined DPS in recognizing public safety employees from across the state.

Video produced by Chris Averett.




Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety


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