She is the widow of Sgt. Cory Wride who was shot and killed nearly two weeks ago during a traffic stop.
Nanette Wride’s mission: get bulletproof glass for law enforcement vehicles.
“I think it's very doable and it could save a lot of lives,” says Nanette Wride.
It was her first interview since burying her husband last week in Utah County. In her hand is Sgt. Cory Wride’s badge. She carries it with her where ever she goes. It’s a reminder of the task in front of her.
“Just in one week we could have had two who had not been hurt,” she says. “My husband would be sitting by me right now.”
Authorities say either Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui or a 17-year old girl shot him.
Flanked by her son, she says seven bullets came her husband’s way.
“Three went into the windshield, two hit him,” she says. “One hit him in the head and one through his artery. He didn't feel anything. He was gone right way, thank goodness."
Deputy Greg Sherwood was also wounded in another shootout with the same two suspects. Bullets came through his windshield too.
"But it didn't have to happen," she says.
Since the funeral, the Wride's have a new passion, championing to get bulletproof glass for law enforcement vehicles.
“No one else needs to die because of this,” says Nathan Mohler. “These guys put their lives on the line. There's no reason why. I don't care how much it costs."
Suspect Garcia-Jauregui died following the shootout. The 17 year old girl remains in juvenile detention.
“There's no malice from our family there's no anger,” says Nanette Wride. “There's nothing you know our heart goes out to them. They're feeling the same thing we are.”
Mohler says that’s the way his father would want them to handle this.
“We need to move on with our life,” he says. “And if we hold grief in our heart, if we hold anger, we're not moving on.”
“We choose not to be angry,” says Nanette Wride. “That's helped in our healing process and we're able to go forward and forgive and love.”
The family has received reassurances from the Utah County commissioners about helping fund bullet proof glass for vehicles in Utah County.
Nanette Wride and her son will also meet with the governor and lawmakers to discuss the issue of funding it for all law enforcement vehicles in Utah.
They’ve also are hoping to catch the eye of President Obama. They’ve started a petition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/
to gather signatures. Click on “view petitions” to reach Sgt. Wride’s petition in order to sign on. It’s the first step in order for the president to enact legislation.
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