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Kirby: Wounded Moab officer wants near-death to mean something

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Then there is the training police officers receive. Brody credits it with saving his life in the seconds after being shot, when despite being ambushed he was able to return fire and defend himself.

"In situations like that, you react the way you train," he said.

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Several months ago, Brody was approached by Ride With Respect, a Moab-based recreational trail-riding association. The group wanted to name a 14-mile stretch of developed trail north of Moab after the guy who fought his way back from the dead.

Brody wasn’t comfortable with being singled out and asked that the trail be named the Fallen Peace Officer Trail instead.

The idea caught on. The Utah Peace Officer Association is developing an annual trail ride benefiting a scholarship fund for the families of officers killed in the line of duty. The first ride will take place April 20.

Brody doesn’t refer to his survival and return to duty as a miracle. He’s keenly aware that other officers in his situation haven’t fared as well.

There’s so much that can be learned from what happened to him, Brody believes. He wants it to mean something more than just that he survived.

Robert Kirby can be reached at rkirby@sltrib.com or facebook.com/stillnotpatbagley.

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