Lt. Fred House, the Corrections Department officer shot and killed during the stand-off at a polygamist family's home in Marion, Summit County, received the Earl Conder Distinguished Service Award during ceremonies Thursday in the State Capitol.
In presenting a plaque and a $300 savings bond to House's widow, Ann, Gov. Norm Bangerter praised House as a man who paid the ultimate price for Utah."He was willing to do all he could to protect the public safety," Bangerter said.
Corrections Director Gary Deland said, "It's too bad Fred House did not receive this award personally, because he earned it long before."
Margo Bergval, a juvenile court probation officer in Salt Lake City, also received the award for her work in helping youths with problems ranging from murder to sexual abuse.
The annual award was established in 1976 by executive order as a result of a trust fund set up by Dean E. Conder in honor of his father Earl Conder, a long-time public employee.
Runnersup included Mark Garbett, coordinator of project assistance services, State Office of Education; Jacky Stokes, health program manager for the Utah Medical Assistance Program; William J. Fowlke, director of enforcement and investigations for the Corrections Department; and Steven Ostergaard of the Maternal and Infant Care Clinic.