Fallen officers honored with blankets during elementary school graduation

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — For as much rain as Utah has received during the week, it’s nothing compared to the number of graduations there seem to be these days.

Brookhaven Elementary in Eagle Mountain held theirs Thursday night; not for the student body, but for the sixth graders who have completed the NOVA — nurturing, opportunities, values, and accountability — program.

Basically, it’s a program for students to help them become better people.

“It kind of teaches us, like, what’s right and wrong,” said Anna Taylor, who is in the sixth grade.

One way to do that is to honor those who died while doing it right.

“It makes me feel like I can make them happy,” said sixth grader Carter Krein.

So, the students made blankets honoring Draper firefighter Matt Burchett, West Valley code enforcement officer Jill Robinson, Utah National guardsman Brent Taylor, South Salt Lake Police officer David Romrell, and Provo Police officer Joseph Shinners.

During graduation, the students gave those blankets to family and friends of those who died for comfort.

Photo: Steve Breinholt, KSL TV
Photo: Steve Breinholt, KSL TV

“You can feel that they care and that they want to preserve the memory,” said Darrell Romrell, David Romrell's brother.

He said he couldn’t believe how much his brother was remembered by these students.

“When you see people like this, it reminds you that there is more good in this world than there is evil,” he said.

Darrell Romrell and his wife Thursday, May 23, 2019. Photo: Steve Breinholt, KSL TV
Darrell Romrell and his wife Thursday, May 23, 2019. Photo: Steve Breinholt, KSL TV

Even though graduations are about students, at least at Brookhaven Elementary, the students made it about their heroes.

“We wanted to honor them because they honored us, but in a different way,” Krein said.

It’s the kind of compassion not even the biggest rainstorm can wash away.


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Alex Cabrero
Alex Cabrero has been reporting for KSL-TV for nearly two decades. He has covered a variety of stories over the years from a variety of places, but he particularly enjoys sharing stories that show what's good in the world.


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