The Department of Corrections Training Academy was renamed The Fred F. House Academy Saturday in honor of the state corrections officer shot to death in the line of duty in January during the 13-day standoff in Marion, Summit County.
The dedication was part of the Fred F. House Memorial and Friendship Day, a fund-raising event from which the proceeds went to House's wife Ann and children Seth, 8, Janneke, 5 and Christine, 2.The Friendship Day events, organized by family friend Ken Halterman, included an earlymorning 5K run, combat pistol shoot, golf tournament and karate demonstrations by House's former students and the Utah Black Belt Association.
House was honored by state and law enforcement officials who dedicated Friendship Day as an annual event to remember the sacrifices made by officers in the line of duty.
Ken Shulsen, division director of the Department of Corrections, said House represented "something special about what law enforcement officers do."
"Now, some of us may have remorse feelings about what is taking place today, but we would ask you to set those feelings aside," Shulsen said. "Today is Fred House Friendship Day, so let's do it Fred's way - we're going to relax and enjoy life."
John T. Nielsen, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, said House was a professional, and even up to the last minute of his life when he was exposed to danger, he acted with professionalism.
"I had the misfortune of not knowing Fred, at least not in this life," Nielsen said. "But what I know is bigger than life. Fred was everything everyone said he was - he was honest, brave dedicated, enthusiastic and maybe a bit unconventional, but in every way, a true professional.
"I can't think of a more fitting time of year to honor Fred. It's July, the time of year when we honor those who left their homes in search of freedom, and those who went before us and founded this nation," Nielsen said.
"Perhaps the Lord is allowing Fred to take a peek at what's going on here today, and I think he's very pleased," he said.
Lt. Gov. Val Oveson said House's dedication represents every law enforcement officer and he wanted to pay tribute to all Utah officers who risk their lives every day.
"I want to tell all law enforcement officers how much I appreciate them every day when they put on the uniform and strap on that gun," Oveson said.
"I think of the law enforcement officers who ride this freeway every day and face constant danger, and I really get a pang in my heart for their willingness to do this and place their lives in danger," he said.
Gary W. DeLand, executive director of the Department of Corrections, presented memorial plaques to House's family members and said he would like the academy to stand as a symbol to all law enforcement officers who also risk their lives.
"Fred knew where duty was and where responsibility was, and he was always there," DeLand said. "I would ask that the Fred F. House Academy will stand to represent all law enforcement officers who accept the profession for what it is and, from time to time, will give their lives for the citizens of Utah."