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H.C.R. 16






Chief Sponsor: Lee B. Perry

Senate Sponsor: Daniel W. Thatcher

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Roger E. Barrus
             9      Derek E. Brown
             10      Melvin R. Brown
             11      David G. Butterfield
             12      David Clark
             13      Fred C. Cox
             14      Bradley M. Daw
             15      Brad L. Dee
             16      Jack R. Draxler
             17      Susan Duckworth
             18      Rebecca P. Edwards
             19      Steve Eliason
             20      Janice M. Fisher
             21      Julie FisherGage Froerer
Brad J. Galvez
Francis D. Gibson
Richard A. Greenwood
Keith Grover
Stephen G. Handy
Wayne A. Harper
Christopher N. Herrod
Todd E. Kiser
Bradley G. Last
John G. Mathis
Kay L. McIff
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Michael T. Morley
Merlynn T. NewboldCurtis Oda
Jeremy A. Peterson
Val L. Peterson
Marie H. Poulson
Kraig Powell
Paul Ray
Holly J. Richardson
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Kenneth W. Sumsion
Mark A. Wheatley
Ryan D. Wilcox
Larry B. Wiley
Carl Wimmer
Bill Wright              22     
             23      LONG TITLE
             24      General Description:
             25          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor supports the placement
             26      of white crosses as roadside memorials to honor patrol officers killed in the line of duty.
             27      Highlighted Provisions:
             28          This resolution:
             29          .    expresses continued support for the Utah Highway Patrol's placement of white
             30      crosses, or other appropriate symbols as requested by the family of a deceased patrol
             31      officer, as memorials to highway patrol officers who have been killed in the line of

             32      duty.
             33      Special Clauses:
             34          None
             36      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             37          WHEREAS, since the statutory creation of the Utah Highway Patrol in 1923, 14
             38      highway patrol officers have been killed in the line of duty;
             39          WHEREAS, the 14 Utah Highway Patrolmen who have been killed in the line of duty
             40      are Patrolman George "Ed" VanWagenen and Troopers Armond A. "Monty" Luke, George Dee
             41      Rees, Charles D. Warren, John R. Winn, William J. Antoniewicz, Robert B. Hutchings, Ray
             42      Lynn Pierson, Daniel W. Harris, Joseph "Joey" S. Brumett III, Dennis "Dee" Lund, Doyle R.
             43      Thorne, Randy K. Ingram, and Thomas S. Rettberg;
             44          WHEREAS, for the families of these officers who have paid the ultimate price for their
             45      service, there is often very little that can be done to stem the tide of their grief and suffering, or
             46      to help them move on with their lives;
             47          WHEREAS, the families of these officers killed in the line of duty have been involved
             48      in, and have supported, the creation of roadside memorials placed near the location of the
             49      incidents that caused these deaths by the Utah Highway Patrol Association (UHPA), a private
             50      fraternal organization whose mission includes protecting the rights of widows and orphans of
             51      deceased members;
             52          WHEREAS, each memorial represents a Utah Highway Patrol officer who died in the
             53      line of duty and service to the state of Utah and its citizens;
             54          WHEREAS, a white cross has become widely accepted as a symbol of a death, and not
             55      a religious symbol, when placed along a highway;
             56          WHEREAS, the memorials remind the citizens of Utah and this nation of the price that
             57      is too often paid for safety and freedom;
             58          WHEREAS, the memorials also console the family members left behind, who too often
             59      consist of young mothers and young children;
             60          WHEREAS, the primary feature of the memorials is a white cross, which was never
             61      intended as a religious symbol, but as a symbol of the sacrifice made by these highway patrol
             62      officers;

             63          WHEREAS, the beehive emblem, which is also the official state emblem, is attached to
             64      the cross because the emblem is worn as part of the official Utah Highway Patrol uniform;
             65          WHEREAS, the purchase and placement of these memorials has been accomplished
             66      through the Utah Highway Patrol Association, with private funds only; and
             67          WHEREAS, given the heartfelt yet nonsectarian intentions of the memorials, removing
             68      or tampering with them would clearly convey an absence of concern, respect, and recognition
             69      of the sacrifices made by these officers and their families:
             70          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             71      Governor concurring therein, express support for the Utah Highway Patrol's and the Utah
             72      Highway Patrol Association's use of white crosses, or other appropriate marker as requested by
             73      the family, as roadside memorials as a means to pay tribute to the heroes from the ranks of the
             74      Utah Highway Patrol who have fallen and to their families.
             75          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the surviving
             76      spouse or nearest relative of each Utah Highway Patrol Officer who has been killed in the line
             77      of duty and service to the citizens of Utah, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Utah Highway
             78      Patrol Association.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-7-11 11:33 AM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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