Memorial for Sgt. Cory Wride unveiled in American Fork

By Kimberly Nelson

Published 06/24 2014 09:45PM

Updated 06/24 2014 10:09PM

AMERICAN FORK (ABC 4 Utah) - In a quiet ceremony in Robinson park Tuesday evening the City of American fork honored a fallen son.


Sergeant Cory Wride was killed in the line of duty on January 30th, 2014. Tuesday a plaque in his honor was unveiled.


Wride’s father Blake Wride said, "(He) was a common man that occasionally did uncommon things."


Wride’s wife, Nannette Wride told ABC 4 Utah, "His life meant something and touched so many lives. I don't think he would have even dreamt that so many people would have been touched and he would have made a difference."


The inscription on the memorial is moving, but it may be the little added touches, a set of tiny painted footprints, that mean even more.


"Every time I read it I cry because it talks about honoring the man and forgiving the foe,” said Nannette. "Little kids are going to look at it and there's a picture of Cory when he's a little kid and then there's a picture of him as a police officer. He’s a hero, but he started out as a little kid. That’s something a little kid can obtain. They can be heroes too and I think it gives a lot of hope."


Blake Wride added, "I think it's important that children, young people, realize that there are every day people who do heroic things."


A quiet hero, or as his father says a common man who occasionally did uncommon things, Sgt. Cory Wride will never to be forgotten.


"I think that's everybody's hope to make a difference and make their mark on this world and he did that,” said Nannette Wride.



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