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Fallen officer's widow devastated by death of her 'knight in shining armor'

(Matt Gade, Deseret News)

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BENJAMIN, Utah County — Nanette Wride is an extremely strong woman.

Despite the loss of her husband, Sgt. Cory Wride, who was shot and killed Thursday by a motorist he was trying to help, she's already been out comforting others.

On Friday, Nannette Wride visited the other officer who was shot, deputy Greg Sherwood, in the hospital; and she's reached out to the family of the man who police say pulled the trigger on her husband.

But three days after Cory Wride's death, Nanette Wride doesn't feel so strong. She described herself Sunday as a puzzle, in a million different pieces, but with friends and family holding them all together.

"To be really honest, I'm afraid when this is all over that in my alone times I don't know what I'm going to do," Nanette Wride said. "I'm frightened because I don't know how to raise my family anymore without him. I don't know how to breathe without him. He was my breath."

A "mad love affair" is how Nanette Wride described her 18-year marriage with Cory Wride. They met during a March of Dimes Jail and Bail fundraiser in Orem. She was 28. He was 25. They started dating that night and married three months later in Provo.

"You know how all girls want that prince, that knight in shining armor? Well he was mine, literally," she said.

Every time Nanette Wride found herself in uncomfortable situations, she said Cory Wride was there to rescue her.


"He kept saving me every single time," she said.

He was a quiet man but one of great romance. Cory Wride would leave his wife letters on his pillow before he left for work; and then he'd call her up to eight times a day while he was at work.

"He'd bring me flowers — and it wasn't one or two, it was dozens every week," Nanette Wride said.

And his love for her never changed, she said — but it did change her.

"When you're ripped down your whole life, and you're made to believe that you're not anything, he taught me that I had self-worth and I had a Heavenly Father that loved me," she said.

Nanette Wride said that's how her husband saw everyone, despite their mistakes.

A funeral service for Cory Wride will be held at the UVU Event Center at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. It's open to the public.


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