SALT LAKE CITY – May 9, 2023 – The Utah 1033 Foundation has presented three students, all children of Utah law enforcement officers, with $5,000 each in 2023 Leadership Awards, in honor of both the individual students and Utah’s fallen law enforcement officers.  Zions Bank hosted the presentation of the Leadership Award program by The Utah 1033 Foundation on May 9th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zions Bank Founders Room in Salt Lake City.

High school and college students from around the State applied for the 2023 Leadership Awards by submitting an essay in response to a prompt which asked them to grapple with appropriate levels of U.S. Federal Government funding for higher education.  The winning students were selected on the basis of their essays and for their demonstrated academic achievement and rigor.  Each Utah 1033 Foundation 2023 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

2023 Review Committee members selected the following three Fallen Hero Leadership Award recipients:

George Blue; George’s father serves with the Salt Lake City Police Department
Zander Browne; Zander’s father serves with the West Valley City Police Department
Alyssa Buck; Alyssa’s father serves with the Utah Highway Patrol

“The Utah 1033 Foundation remains committed to its mission of providing immediate financial assistance to the families of Utah’s fallen heroes, and to helping families of Utah peace officers achieve their higher education goals,” said Utah 1033 Foundation president Dave Kaufman. “In addition to the 2023 Leadership Awards, the Foundation earlier this year announced the availability of $5,000 from its Family Education Trust Fund to each of nine qualifying Utah families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice since the Foundation’s inception in 2011.  As always, we deeply thank our donors and supporters who enable us to perform our mission.”

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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