The Utah 1033 Foundation has presented three students from across the State, all children of Utah law enforcement officers, with $5,000 each in 2021 Leadership Awards, in honor of both the individual students and Utah’s fallen law enforcement officers.

High school and college students from around the State applied for the 2021 Leadership Awards by submitting an essay in response to a prompt which asked them to grapple with the definition of peaceful protests and civil disobedience versus civil rebellion.  The winning students were selected on the basis of their essays and for their demonstrated academic achievement and rigor.  Each Utah 1033 Foundation 2021 Leadership Award bears the names of ten officers killed in the line of duty since the Foundation’s inception in 2011:

Master Officer Jared Francom, Ogden City Police Department
Trooper Aaron Beesley, Utah Highway Patrol
Sergeant Derek Johnson, Draper City Police Department
Sergeant Cory Wride, Utah County Sheriff’s Office
Officer Douglas Barney, Unified Police Department
Officer Cody Brotherson, West Valley City Police Department
Trooper Eric Ellsworth, Utah Highway Patrol
Officer David Romrell, South Salt Lake Police Department
Master Officer Joseph Shinners, Provo Police Department
Officer Nate Lyday, Ogden City Police Department

2021 Review Committee members selected the following three Fallen Hero Leadership Award recipients:

Anna Barfuss; Anna’s father serves with the DSU Police Department and the FBI
Afton Beesley; Afton’s father serves with the Utah Highway Patrol
Savanah Higley; Savanah’s father serves with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office

Huge congratulations to this year’s winners!


About The Utah 1033 Foundation

The Utah 1033 Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2011 to honor Utah’s fallen officers by providing immediate financial support to their families, and to assist dependents of fallen and active Utah peace officers with education costs.

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