[UPDATED: The following is an updated statement from Attorney General in light of Trooper Ellsworth’s passing.]
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes issued the following statement today regarding Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth, who was passed last night after an accident in Box Elder County:
“November has been a particularly painful month for Utah’s law enforcement community. Just days after laying to rest West Valley Police Officer Cody Brotherson, we now face the loss of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth who is in critical condition,” said Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. “We are deeply saddened whenever there is harm to Utah officers of any agency, whether intentional or accidental, and we pray today for the family of Trooper Ellsworth that his loved ones may find comfort in the legacy of service and honor he leaves behind.
“We sincerely appreciate all of those who serve honorably in law enforcement around our state and throughout our nation, including the brave men and women of Utah’s Department of Public Safety, the Utah Highway Patrol. At this time of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for those who put their lives on the line every day for our safety, as well as to their families. And to everyone on the roads, please exercise an added measure of caution during the Holidays.”