Slain Ogden officer Jared Francom remembered as devoted father, football fan, adrenaline junkie
Chicago Police Sgt. Matt Winn explained why he traveled to Ogden. "They're brother officers and that's it," he said. "There is no distance that we can't handle to pay our respects."
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell called it a "tough day" for Ogden, one that hasn't been seen in almost five decades.
"It's a sad day. It's been an amazingly emotional week for everyone involved. This is hopefully a good way to show these families and the law enforcement community just how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make and what they go through," he said.
Caldwell said he wiped away tears as he drove to the funeral just seeing the Scouts who were setting up flags.
"Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragic event to recognize what kind of sacrifice (police make) and what they go through on a day-to-day basis, and I think this community has really come out to show they appreciate it," he said. "People were frustrated with not knowing what to do. ... People really wanted to put their hands in and do something tangible, not just change a Facebook picture or whatever. It's been amazing."
Flags across the state were ordered to fly at half-staff in Francom's honor.
The funeral procession traveled from the Dee Events Center to the Ogden City Cemetery where the interment took place. Francom's casket was carried on the back of an Ogden City Fire Department engine, which was draped in black. Francom was buried with full honors including a 21-gun salute, an aircraft flyover, and "final 10-42" call over the police radio signifying an end of watch.
An estimated 400 to 500 police vehicles, including dozens of motorcycle officers, were part of the procession. Thousands of U.S. flags lined the procession route. Residents also placed blue ribbons around the city in honor of Francom.
Francom is the 134th officer killed in the line of duty in Utah history and the 75th by homicide. The last Ogden police officer who died in the line of duty was Marshall "Doc" White in 1963.
"Out of tragedy comes good things. I think we see people rallying together to help one another and to love one another and that's a good thing," Herbert said.
"I think that's what agent Francom would like us to do — serve your fellow men, help your neighbor, find ways you can make a difference as he's done."
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