Today I stood on a sidewalk, out in the cold for over two hours. I didn't have a coat because I'm a ditz and left it in the car. But for some reason I was not nearly as cold as I should have been. I'm pretty sure the reason was because my heart was overflowing with gratitude for a man that I never met. A man who gave his life while trying to make Ogden a safe place to live.
Today I had the honor and privilege to watch the procession for fallen Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom. I did not know Officer Francom but in the last week I have been touched by him and his bravery. The funeral was held at the Dee Events Center which is located not far from the hospital I work at. A group of us from the hospital wanted to show our respect so we walked up to Harrison Boulevard to watch the procession as it left to go to the cemetery. What an amazing experience. The entire procession route was lined with flags. There were thousands of people lined up on the route as well.
The procession began with a bunch of policemen on motorcycles. Then Officer Francom came by on a fire engine. The large, noisy crowd became immediately silent as the fire engine came into view.
The fire engine was followed by hundreds of police cars from all over Utah and surrounding states. We met a woman who was counting and she said there were 907 police cars.
The Patriot Guard Riders were there to honor Officer Francom.
It was such a humbling experience to stand there and witness the support. At one point a policeman in one of the cars told us thank you for being there. I was overwhelmed by his thanks because our being there was the only way we could think of to say thank you to all of them for their service. I was brought to tears many times today and will remember it always.
This a beautiful video that someone put together of the days events.