Hundreds of law enforcement officers and their family members gathered in Moab last weekend for the sixth annual Fallen Peace Officer Trail Ride. The group convened at the Old Spanish Trail Arena April 21 before participants headed out to the Fallen Peace Officer Trail on State Route 191 north of Moab. Participants brought off-highway vehicles to ride, and they viewed names posted along the trail of numerous fallen law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty or by other means associated with their work.
“The interesting fact about this year’s event is that it honored some officers who died not just by violent means but for instance, from cancers associated with methamphetamine,” said Moab Police Chief Jim Winder. “They also honored one former officer of mine who died of a heart attack at his duty station, which again, is not a true line-of-duty death but they honored him.
“It was a fantastic ride, great weather, and a lot of people from the community came to the ceremony. It was a beautiful event, and one that I think we are really lucky to have here in Moab because it brings everybody down here to recognize that this is a great place to be with families and the things that we should all be focusing on.”
Proceeds from the event help to fund scholarships for family members of officers who have been killed. The Utah Peace Officers Association sponsored the event.