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Funeral for fallen Ogden police officer to take place Saturday

By Ryan Miller, | Updated - Jun. 3, 2020 at 11:29 a.m. | Posted - Jun. 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

OGDEN — The funeral service for Ogden police officer Nate Lyday will take place Saturday at Lindquist Field in Ogden, the police department announced Wednesday.

Lyday, a 24-year-old officer who had been with the department for just 15 months, was killed in a shooting on May 28 after responding to a domestic violence call.

When officers arrived at the home, they were confronted by the man who was uncooperative and then ran inside, according to Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt said. The man then began shooting through the door and struck Lyday.

“It’s a sad day for our department, our city and the greater Ogden community,” Watt said.

The public is encouraged to participate by lining the route from Lindquist Field to the cemetery. A graveside service will follow the funeral but is intended for the family, the Ogden Police Department and invited guests.

"Our family is truly humbled by the love and support we are receiving at a time of terrible loss that has happened, not only for us, but the whole community," the Lyday family said in a statement to the community. "Strangers become friends as they show tender kindness towards us. We feel your love wrapped around us carrying us through this tragedy. We see the beautiful flowers and thoughtful gifts left at Nate’s squad car and tears flow freely as we read your notes of love and support."

A rolling candlelight vigil for Lyday will be held on Thursday beginning at 9 p.m. The rolling vigil will include a small procession of Ogden police motorcycles and vehicles and Lyday’s family. Officer Lyday’s police vehicle will be carried on a flatbed trailer before being placed in front of Lindquist Field. It will remain there through the funeral services.

Memorial vigil itinerary

  • 9 p.m. — Lincoln ave.
  • 9:10 p.m. — Custer ave.
  • 9:20 p.m. — McKay Dee Hospital
  • 9:30 p.m. — Bonneville High
  • 9:50 p.m. — Municipal Building (minute of silence)
  • 10 p.m. — Lindquist Field

The Lydays expressed appreciation to the officers who served their fallen family member's side and issued a call for love and forgiveness.

"Globally, hatred and unrest ring out ever so loudly," the family's statement said. "Let us all replace those feelings with forgiveness and love. May we all find peace. Let us unite together to make this world a better place. Let love replace hatred. With our deepest gratitude we thank each and every one of you!"

Ryan Miller

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