A Tribute To My Dad

For the most part, I try to not get too personal on this blog. However, I would like to share with you a little about my family. This past week I traveled to Utah because my mom was life flighted. She had a stroke, but is beginning to recover nicely from it. She has multiple problems and is getting a pacemaker today. It is hard, but I am hanging in there.
While here, I did manage to sneak away for a little while to attend the new ceremony of the Utah Peace Officer’s Memorial. My dad – Doyle Thorne was a helicopter pilot for the Utah Highway Patrol. He died the day after my wedding while on a search for a missing toddler in the mountains. The toddler was found before my dad got there, and then my dad had a mechanical failure with his helicopter and it crashed in the mountains. After an extensive search, his body was found 3 days later. I am very proud of my dad. He was my strength and is my hero.
The state of Utah embarked upon making an outdoor memorial for all police officers in the state of Utah who died in the line of duty 2 years ago and Saturday it was finally dedicated. It was a beautiful ceremony. Here is the video about the memorial. I just want to give a reminder to everyone that sometimes we get frustrated with speeding tickets, etc., but just remember that many public workers give the ultimate sacrifice.