In 1873 Provo Police Chief Albert H. Bowen was shot to death outside a saloon.
He was the first of 50 Utah police officers to be killed in the line of duty, according to the Utah State Lodge of Fraternal Order of Police, which is encouraging individuals and businesses to observe a day set aside for slain police officers by flying flags at half-mast Jan. 28.The Utah Legislature in 1988 set Jan. 28 as a day of tribute after Corrections Lt. Fred House was killed on that date, becoming the 50th slain officer, during the shootout between police and polygamist leaders at the Singer ranch in Marion.
State FOP President Bill Salmon, a West Valley City detective, noted that more than 10 percent of the officers killed in the state lost their lives between July 1987 and January 1988.
A plaque memorializing the officers was dedicated at the state capitol Oct. 25 and is on permanent display in the capitol rotunda.
Also killed during the six months prior to House's death were Navajo tribal police officers Andy Begay and Roy L. Stanley, Murray officer Jackson D. Elmer, Emery County sheriff's deputy Wade Hansen, and Duchesne County sheriff's deputy Gerry Ivie.