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Funeral plans for Wride were not announced Friday, though mourning continued. A motorcade of police cars from across Utah County escorted Wride’s body from the medical examiner’s office in Salt Lake City to Walker Mortuary in Spanish Fork.
All five of Wride’s children were there to see the procession.
Officers honored at Legislature
Lawmakers honored slain Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride and wounded Deputy Greg Sherwood Friday morning with a moment of silence in both the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah Senate. Also, the invocation by Midvalley Bible Church Pastor Douglas Hornok also prayed for both families.
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart praised Wride for taking time as a busy person to also be involved as a Republican delegate in her district before it was redrawn in 2011.
“He was a guy who had a wife and five kids and a full-time law enforcement officer, and thought enough to be involved in his community, too, in politics. That is a public servant of the highest level,” she said.
Also, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox — a former House member — went to the House for the moment of silence. He tweeted, “Proud to join my friends in the House of Reps. for a moment of silence honoring fallen officer Cory Wride.”
Wride’s oldest son, 30-year-old Nathan Mohler, said the family saw sides of Wride that others did not. Wride seldom discussed police work, Mohler said, even with his family, nor did he exert authority with friends and family.
"He didn’t do the job for the power," Mohler said. "He was in it to help people."
"He was very careful about who he let in" to his life, Mohler added, "but if he did, he was the greatest guy you ever met."
Mohler and brothers Chance Wride, 28, and Shea Wride, 24, were born during their mother’s first marriage. Mohler said he was 12 when he walked his mother down the aisle to marry Cory Wride.
Cory Wride later adopted Chance and Shea, but Mohler was already grown and married. Cory and Nanette Wride had two more children, a 17-year-old son named Tyesun and a 14-year-old daughter named Kylie.
Mohler has five children and one more on the way. Chance Wride has two children; Shea Wride has one child.
Mohler said he saw a change in Cory Wride when the grandchildren were born. He became softer, Mohler said, and let the grandchildren ride on the family tractor and sit in his police car as the lights flashed and sirens blared.
Cory Wride’s brother-in-law, Johnny Reville, said Wride could have stayed in an administrative job he had for about three years, but asked to return to patrolling. Eagle Mountain was part of his assigned territory.
"He could have probably stayed doing [administrative work] for the rest of his career, but he enjoyed being out on patrol, being out with people," said Reville, who is on the city council in Lehi.
Nanette Wride works at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem. The couple built a home on family property in Benjamin two years ago. The couple raised horses and had about 20 head of cattle.
Cory Wride was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission in New York City.
Gina Sherwood, Greg Sherwood’s wife, sent out a statement to the media.
"We want to thank everyone who has reached out in support of Greg and our family. Greg is breathing on his own and talking to us and the doctors. His surgery went very well, and we are told he may be able to leave the hospital in less than a week. Our son and I greatly appreciate the support of our family and friends, including everyone from our police family. Greg is very concerned about the Wride family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time."
The family requested privacy as Greg Sherwood recuperates.
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