SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - As we continue to learn more details about the Utah County Sheriff Deputy shooting incidents, we know one thing that has not changed. That is the grief and sorrow felt by the Wride Family after Sgt. Cory Wride died from gunshot wounds.
The Wride Family, his Spanish Fork community, and fellow law enforcement across the state band together in these difficult. Friday, we heard from Sgt. Wride’s brother-in-law and we also learned about the help coming to the family.
A chaotic scene Thursday spanning several
“The family, we're struggling with this, we're having a hard time. We're asking a lot of questions as to why this has to happen to Cory to the family,” said
This is Wride’s brother-in-law noticeably shaken after just learning Sgt. Wride was killed in the line of duty. Friday, those who knew Sgt. Wride and those who just wanted to show their support, lined the street of Spanish Fork as his body arrived at the funeral home.
“I’m sorry for her loss there are a lot of people out here who would help her if they need her,” said
This is also the time when the 1033 Foundation steps in.
“When someone in law enforcement dies, the family loses not only an important member of the family and a significant amount of that family's income, if not all of it,” said
The foundation provides immediate financial assistance to families of fallen officers. And they work to get a scholarship fund for kids who are college-bound. All of that discussed during a meeting with the Wride Family Friday morning.
“Obviously a lot of tears at that meeting. It’s difficult for a family to come to the realization that this has happened a lot of confusion in the first 24 hours,” said
Wride leaves behind a wife, five kids, eight grandchildren, his parents, and four siblings. All have asked for privacy while thanking the community for their support.
“We know and we're comforted in that we'll see him again and they will be together as a family again,” said
The Wride Family has not released any details about the funeral for the fallen officer. 1033 Foundation awarded the Wride Family with $25,000 Friday. But group leaders say it’s just the beginning of their needs. You can donate by clicking here.