House sends Herbert a bill on renaming Utah County road
SR-73 • The road would be named the “Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway.”
Published: March 12, 2014 05:45PM
Updated: March 12, 2014 08:48PM
Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Nannette Wride receives a hug from bill co-sponsor Rep. David Lifferth in the House chambers after the legislators voted to rename SR-73 to the Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway in Utah County, Wednesday, March, 12, 2014 in honor of Nannette husband who was killed during a shootout along the highway in January.

The lonely highway where Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride was murdered on Jan. 30 will soon be named the “Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway.”

As Wride’s family watched, the Utah House voted unanimously Wednesday to pass SB234 and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

It renames State Road 73 through Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain and Cedar Valley in his honor.

“This is how we appropriately remember and honor those who serve in Utah who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain. He said he knew Wride as an officer serving in that area when Lifferth was on the City Council there.

After passing the bill, the House — and later the Senate — invited Wride’s family onto the floor of the chambers to listen to a citation they passed also honoring Wride. His wife held a picture of him as speeches honored him.

“There is no greater call in life than when a man or woman lays down his life in the service of others,” said Rep. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork. “Sergeant Wride never wanted the spotlight and always put the welfare of others above himself. Our freedom and safety is a precious gift bestowed on all of us at enormous cost.”

House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, called Wride “a great guy.”

In the Senate, Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, honored Wride and his family by saying that even though Wride never sought the spotlight, people in the community loved and cherished him.

“I’ll always remember where I was when I found out what had happened to Sgt. Wride,” he said. “My recollections pale in comparison to his family.”