Their lives were lost to gunfire, but their names will live on, emblazoned.Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson and Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride will have their names added to the Utah Fallen Officer Memorial, just west of the State Capitol, this Thursday. The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m.
As important and poignant as it will be, another, quieter moment of significance that fewer will witness takes place the day before.
On Tuesday, members of the Salt Lake City Police Department's Explorers program (a sort of pre-police academy for teens and young adults) will receive pins signifying them as guardians of the memorial. The next afternoon, they will be charged with preparing the site for the next day's ceremony.