Greg Sherwood breaks ground for Cory Wride-Greg Sherwood K9 Center

UTAH COUNTY (ABC 4 Utah) -Nannette Wride and Gina Sherwood were the first to break ground on the Cory Wride-Greg Sherwood K9 center dedication and then Greg Sherwood himself took the wheel of the backhoe.

“It's been really nice awesome day. We are excited,” said Gina Sherwood.

“I think that it is very fitting. They both loved being K9 officers. Cory did it for 7 years and it was his passion. He still longed to be able to do that,” said the fallen officer’s widow Nannette Wride.

Gina added that it was, “too bad Greg and Cory had to get hurt to get it, but we are excited to have it.”

The indoor and outdoor facility will cover a full acre north of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

“It is going to be big enough for them to take units and drive around and facilitate practicum that they can do with the dogs. Basically every type of role they would all use with the dogs, they have here,” said president of Operation Bald Eagle Jeffrey Mitchell.

Mitchell told ABC 4 Utah, that the center was made possible by an anonymous donor. The donor will equip the facility with all military grade equipment.

The biggest honor was when Greg Sherwood took the wheel to plow a pathway.

“He has his moments, he has been good so far,” says wife Gina. “He gets worn out really, really easy. He has ear plugs in because his ears hurt all the time so he is getting better.”

Better because he is with his brothers in blue.

“We are family. That thin blue line may be thin but it's tight and we all back each other up,” said Wride.

The Cory Wride Greg Sherwood K9 center is scheduled to open up this summer.

“Sheriff Tracy is great about having other agency’s working here so he is really open to other [police] agency’s working here as well,” Mitchell added.

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