Today Ryan and I joined thousands of thankful citizens who lined Washington Blvd. for the funeral procession of fallen Officer Francom. Although a solemn occasion, I’ve never personally witnessed anything like the powerful memorial today, with hundreds of police cars from all over the country. Silence swept the shivering crowd as the fire truck passed carrying Francom’s American flag-covered casket.
What a beautiful tribute to Ogden’s fallen officer. It was reverent as we thought about what him, a man most of us didn’t know, but whom we owe so much. Francom was shot while serving a search warrant last Wednesday night with 11 other members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force. He died early Thursday morning at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
While we were waiting with the crowd, I spoke with a woman who said four words I found quite profound; “We forget to remember.” It’s so true. It’s so easy to go about our daily lives without remembering the selfless service of those who protect our communities at home and our freedoms abroad.
Thank you, Ogden Police and Fire Departments. Thank you, Boy Scouts, for lining the funeral procession with your flags. Thank you, service men and women for all you do to make this country the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I took the above picture from our 6th floor at MarketStar - we could see the cars coming for nearly two hours. Quite an amazing tribute.