As most of you know, one of the Utah County Sheriffs assigned to Eagle Mountain was recently shot and killed while stopping to help a stranded motorist on the side of the road. Our city has a strong relationship with the Utah County Sheriffs office and we want you to know how we feel. This is the letter that was delivered to Sheriff Tracy today.
As you know, Eagle Mountain City has counted on and relied upon the Utah County Sheriffs office to serve and protect our residents since our inception. We are grateful for this long-standing partnership. We believe that the Utah County Sheriff deputies are our team members in every sense and our hearts are broken with the loss of Sgt. Cory Wride.
As the incoming mayor, I have met Sgt. Wride, though I did not know him well. However, as a veteran of the armed services and now as a public servant, I know the spirit of the oath that Sgt. Wride took almost 20 years ago. It is a noble and serious commitment. Your organization has a heritage of faithful service to this community, and we want you to know that we stand beside you in your time of great loss. We stand beside you and offer our hand to steady you and to lift you up as you grieve the loss of your brother.
We cannot comprehend the senseless and cowardly act that has taken place, so we choose to focus on that which we can understand: the love, service, and sacrifice a great man has made to serve and protect our community. Our heart breaks for you and for Sgt. Cory Wride’s family, and we are ready to help in any way necessary. All you need do is ask and we will be there for you.
With sorrow and admiration,
Mayor Christopher Pengra
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.