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Fallen Utah officer’s name to be added to national memorial

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By michael Mcfall

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published May 10 2013 05:23PM
Updated Dec 7, 2013 11:31PM

Fallen Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom’s name will soon have its place on the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial.

Francom, who was also a Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agent, died when a drug warrant search of an Ogden home turned into a shootout with homeowner Matthew David Stewart on Jan. 4, 2012. Five other officers were wounded as well.

Ogden officers, city officials and Francom’s family will fly out to Washington, D.C., for the dedication on May 15.

"This is the first time since 1963 that an Ogden officer will be honored at this national memorial," said Ogden Police Chief Mike Ashment in a statement. "There is a lot of emotion involved in this event. It’s not just the family or our department that has felt the pain of loss, but an entire community who is personally connected to that tragic day over 16 months ago."

Proceeds from a golf tournament and donations collected through the local Hope for Widows foundation helped offset the cost of flying Francom’s family and dozens of officers to the ceremony, according to a news release. Gwen Peterson with Hope for Widows was also instrumental in getting JetBlue to donate some flights and offer cheaper rates on others, the release adds.

The honor is part of National Police Week, meant to pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty.

Stewart, 38, is charged with aggravated murder and seven first-degree felony counts of attempted aggravated murder. He is also charged with one second-degree felony count related to alleged marijuana cultivation. He will not go to trial until at least April 2014.

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