(KUTV) The widow of slain Utah County Sheriff's Deputy Cory Wride is on a new crusade in the wake of her husband's death on January 29th.
Wride was gunned down when he pulled over a car near Eagle Mountain; he was shot twice through his front windshield. Then a few miles away, Officer Greg Sherwood was also shot, again through the windshield, but he survived.
At the funeral for her husband, Nan Wride was taken by the number of officers who had come to pay respect. At that point she committed to focusing her attention on protecting the other officers.
Wride says she has contacted officers, police chiefs, lawmakers and even the governor to put forth the idea that all police cars should be equipped with bulletproof glass. Wride acknowledges that armoring police units could be expensive, perhaps, $5000 to $30,000 per car, but she says the officers who risk their lives deserve the protection.
This is not the only item on her agenda, she says officer's face other issues, like equipment, and procedures that could potentially put them at risk. Her husband's death has made her a crusader for officer safety.
In addition, the Wride family is petitioning the White House to draw attention to the cause. You can go to the link below if you are interested in signing it.https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/protect-our-law-enforcemnt-being-shot-sgt-cory-wride/pjMtL3j3
By Chris Jones
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