Jared Francom, a 30-year-old police officer, was shot and killed in a horrific gunfight on January 4, 2012, while trying to serve a drug related warrant on a suspect in Ogden, UT. Five other officers were shot and wounded during the raid, and remain in the hospital. The funeral was held today, January 11.
Following the funeral (held at Dee Events Center at Weber State College), Officer Francom’s flag-draped casket was placed atop a fire engine and driven to the cemetery, escorted by officers on motorcycles and in other vehicles.
Residents of Ogden and neighboring communities came out in force, along with some 4000 law enforcement officers from all over UT and from other states, to pay homage to this young man, a husband and the father of two little girls. The streets were lined with more than 5000 flags along the eight mile funeral route. It was a beautiful day, albeit cold...well below freezing.
We didn't know Officer Francom - had never heard of him until the fateful night of his death. But we felt that he (and others who bravely serve us) deserved our respect and honor, so we went to show our support.
Driving into town, we spotted a bald eagle perched high up in a tree. It seems a fitting symbol of the country and liberty that Officer Francom gave his life to protect.
At the cemetery...
...a pipe and drum corps prepared.
The cars in the funeral procession seemed like they just kept coming and coming and coming...
In the midst of the blur, a heart...the universal symbol of love...the love that these officers, brothers and sisters in arms, have for one another, and for those of us they serve.
Click HERE to read Officer Francom's obituary.
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