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The Utah 1033 Foundation helps family of fallen Draper police officer

DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah 1033 Foundation has come forward to help the family of fallen Draper police officer Sgt. Derek Johnson.
DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah 1033 Foundation has come forward to help the family of fallen Draper police officer Sgt. Derek Johnson.

It's the phone call no loved one of a law enforcement officer ever wants to receive.

Sgt. Johnson’s sister-in-law Amber Sidwell told ABC 4 Utah, "She got a call and said the officers would be there to pick her up in a few minutes."

Sgt. Derek Johnson was ambushed Sunday morning when driving up to a car that seemed out of place. A man who had allegedly shot his female companion opened fire on Sgt. Johnson before he even stepped out of his police cruiser. Johnson never returned fire.

"You just don't think it will happen to you and you cry for those families when it does happen, I don't know we're still all in shock,” said Sidwell. “I keep waiting for him to walk through the door and give me a big bear hug."

The community has come out in force to wrap its arms around the Johnson family as has the Utah 1033 Foundation.

Park City Police Chief and Utah 1033 Foundation Board Member Wade Carpenter explained, "We want to share our sympathies and let the Johnson family know we are with them and our thoughts and prayers are with them."

The Utah 1033 foundation was started in 2011 to provide immediate financial assistance to the families of fallen officers. Sunday the foundation presented the Johnson family with a $25,000 check.

"Unfortunately these are the checks we never want to write,” said Chief Carpenter. “We would be happy if we never wrote another one but we felt in the first 24 hours in an event like this if we can give some immediate help to the family so they can pay rent and get the necessities taken care of that it's very vital that we do that."

The foundation says it's the least they can do to honor the heroes who serve our community and often sacrifice their lives.

For more information on the Utah 1033 Foundation and how you can donate log on to http://utah1033.org/
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