In 1858, Salt Lake City Police Officer William Cooke became the first Utah officer to be killed in the line of duty. Friday marked the 155th anniversary of his death, and while his story lives on, a photo to remember him by is still lost to time.
The 55-year-old officer was on duty and alone at the city jail on Oct. 13, watching an inmate who was there on "very minor charges," said Lt. Mike Ross, a historian within the department. Ross guessed that the charges were probably alcohol violations.
Then that afternoon, two men came in and demanded the inmate be released. But when Cooke refused, one of the men shot him in the thigh, according to a police department memorial.