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Utah foundation gives $25K to fallen officer's family

By Shara Park | Posted - Sep 2nd, 2013 @ 6:03pm


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DRAPER — When an officer is killed in the line of duty, an organization in Utah steps forward to help the officer's family financially.

During a critical situation, like the incident Sunday involving Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, dispatchers often call for a 10-33. Utah's 1033 Foundation that aids the families of fallen officers was named after the code.

"You've probably heard on television of a policeman saying 10-4 over the radio; there is a list of 10-codes used in radio communication and 10-33 is code for 'an officer is in urgent need of help,'" said Ryan Walsh of the 1033 Foundation.

The foundation was started in 2011 to help the families of officers killed in the line of duty with the support of Governor Gary Herbert.

The 1033 Foundation gave a $25,000 check to Johnson's family Sunday.

"When we walked in every person in the room began or continued to cry and had a real palpable sense of what that moment was," Walsh said.

Along with providing immediate financial relief, Utah's 1033 Foundation also provides a college scholarship for a fallen officer's children.

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Johnson, 32, leaves behind a 7-year-old son and when the time comes for him to go to school he'll have that support.

"I expressed my condolences to them, but I also thanked them for the sacrifice this family has made in the interest of public safety," Walsh said.

The 1033 foundation is a non-profit organization that accepts donations.

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