I spent a significant portion of last Friday at the State Capitol. I spoke at the Senate Transportation Committee in support of Senate Bill 234. The purpose of this bill is to rename the Eagle Mountain portion of State Road 73 as the “Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway”. This bill was brought before the committee by Senator Mark Madsen, and Representative David Lifferth. Also in attendance were former mayor Heather Jackson and Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy, who both spoke in support of the bill.
The Senate Transportation Committee gave unanimous support for the bill and it is now making its way through the legislature. I am certain the bill would have passed through committee with support whether I had made my comments or not, but I thought it was important for me to be there. It is only fitting that our state and our community recognize the service of Sgt. Cory Wride. There are other ways to memorialize Sgt. Wride, and those will come in time, but this was an important step.
In order to attend the meeting at the Capitol, I needed to break a commitment. It was a difficult one to break. I had promised my daughter that I would attend the “Dads and Doughnuts” event at her school and that I would read her class a book. Because I was made aware of the committee hearing the night before, I didn’t get a chance to talk to my daughter until early Friday morning before school. I got dressed in my suit and tie and woke her up to ask her permission to miss my appointment with her. I explained that our family believes in giving honor to people who serve one another, and that it was important that the people who drive through Eagle Mountain remember the service that Sgt. Cory Wride gave to us. I told her that it was her decision and that I would honor my commitment to her if it was of greater importance. I was proud that my daughter excused me from my commitment, and I am happy to report that I was still able to read to her class later that day.
After the committee hearing, I spent a little time on the House floor and on the Senate floor of our Capitol where I observed our state’s legislative process play out first hand. As I reflected on these experiences over the weekend, many thoughts went through my mind about serving one another. The thought that I parked on is this: It is my great pleasure to serve the people who call Eagle Mountain home. The responsibilities I have accepted have proven heavy at times. Heavy as they may be, I would gladly accept ten times the weight for the benefit of my neighbors and friends. I am honored to serve as your mayor. I may not handle every situation flawlessly, in fact I am sure I will make some mistakes along the way. I am glad to do so in service to you. I have never been one to give honor to a title or a position, though I will always give honor to those who serve their neighbors out of benevolence, asking nothing in return. Such a man was Sgt. Cory Wride. Such a man will I strive to be.