Widow of fallen officer remembers her 'knight in shining armor'

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2 2014 3:45 p.m. MST

"I idolized him. I wanted to be like him. He took me pheasant hunting and deer hunting every year. He taught me how what I wanted to be in the future. And now that he's gone, it's like, how can I take what he treated my mom through 18 years of marriage to my wife and my kids?" said his son, Chance Wride.

"My mom was the type of lady who'd always teach me to open doors for girls, you see someone who needs help you do it. And my dad always reinforced it. He taught us that the Gospel is number one in our lives," said his son, Chance Wride.

Wride loved being a police officer, but his family said he rarely talked about his job.

"He took his work very seriously but he also kept it very private, and I think that had a lot to do with the situations that law enforcement officers are a part of that doesn't necessarily need to be shared with everybody, the hardships that they deal with," his sister, Anne Curtis, recalled.

"He never ever shared things with us. I learned not to press," his father said.

But during the past few days, Wride's parents have heard many stories of their son's kindness and how he treated all people, even suspects, with respect. Kathy Wride said the stories have been "therapeutic" for her.

"We are just so proud of his gentle spirit and the integrity that he had in his career and we are impressed with the number of lives he's touched for good. We hope that's how he's remembered. He's been a quiet giant," she said.

Service to others

Cory Wride was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and taught a gospel doctrine class for several years.

"He was someone who seriously honored his priesthood. He wore it everywhere he went. He was always someone you could call to get a priesthood blessing. He always was about serving the Lord, that was him all the time," Nanette Wride said.

"He taught me that I had self-worth. And that I had a Heavenly Father that loved me as much as he loved me but more. And I think that he saw that in all people. He had a great love for the Gospel."

On Thursday, as he had so many other times in the past, Wride stopped to assist what he thought was a stranded motorist in Eagle Mountain. But while Wride struggled to identify who was in the stopped pick-up, a handgun was pointed out the back window at him. Wride was shot twice and killed in his patrol car.

Sheriff's deputy Greg Sherwood was injured, shot in the head while pursuing the suspect. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Saturday.

The man suspected of doing the shooting, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, was shot by law enforcement officers and died of his injuries Friday afternoon.

"To say there isn't anger at something like this at some point is to either not be telling the truth or not facing reality. How can you not have anger? Your son has been taken away from you. That's not supposed to happen. So there was a time when the perpetrator was still alive I said, 'I just want to look him in the eye.' Not say anything," Blake Wride said.

"I realize that you have to get past that. Yes, there's anger. You need to have that. But you have to work through it and you have to let it go because it doesn't do any good. Cory would be the first to say, 'Why are you being angry? It isn't going to change things. It isn't going to make it any better.'"

Cory's mother added: "For me, the anger is the fact Cory was taken way too young, too soon. That first night it was very difficult to sleep. And I was thinking how difficult this was and how sad I was for all the things Cory will miss with his two younger children, especially because he'll never see Kylie go to her first prom. He won't see Tyson graduate this coming May from high school. He'll never see the things they'll accomplish in their lifetime.

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