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Fallen officers honored at Utah State Capitol
Last Thursday, May 5, 2011, Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Harris, Sevier County Sheriff’s Sgt. Franco Aguilar and Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer Joshua Yazzie were placed on the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial at the State Capitol. Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was the keynote speaker. Governor Gary Herbert also spoke at the memorial.
Harris, 41, was shot and killed on August 26, 2010, while tracking burglary suspect Scott Curley in the desert near Fredonia, Arizona. The killing set off a massive manhunt that ended with Curley’s capture near Kanab four days later. Curley, 23, is facing charges in Arizona and Utah in connection with the slaying.
Aguilar, 36, was killed on April 29, 2010, when an out of control vehicle forced him off an icy highway overpass where he was investigating an unrelated crash. He fell 250 feet to his death.
Yazzie, a well-known and well-respected officer both on and off the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, died on June 7, 2010, when he lost control of his patrol car while responding to an altercation involving an intoxicated person at Bottle Hollow Reservoir.
The addition of the Harris, Aguilar, Yazzie names to the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial will bring the number of fallen officers honored on the state wall to 128. The three men and their families were also honored in February with moments of silence in the chambers of the State House and Senate.
As part of National Police Week, the three names will be added on May 13 to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. Harris’ widow, Shawna, as well as his mother and father, Bonnie and Bert Harris, will be in Washington, D.C. for the dedicatory ceremony at the 24th annual candlelight vigil.
Uintah Basin Standard editor Geoff Liesik contributed to this article.