Utah’s law enforcement community was once again struck with the passing of a hero.
Amidst the tragic event, The Utah 1033 Foundation responded by providing immediate financial support to the grieving family. The non-profit’s founders, Tore and Mona Steen, accompanied by the Utah 1033 Foundation board member and Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter met with the family privately today to show support and sympathy as well as provided the $50,000 donation to the Ellsworth family.
“This is a difficult time for our community and for this family,” said Tore Steen. “Two weeks ago we faced the challenging death of Officer Brotherson, and now, we are once again hit with the death of another local hero. We know that finances are not at the forefront of these families’ minds, but we hope that our contribution can provide some relief during this hardship.”
The $50,000 was donated to Trooper Ellsworth’s wife and will provide support in two different ways. The first $25,000 is donated for immediate financial support to the family in order to assist with any incurring costs that they may face. The second $25,000 goes to the family as an Education Trust Fund which the family can utilize for post-secondary education.
“Trooper Eric Ellsworth is a true hero,” said Steen. “We are honored to help his wonderful family in the ways that we can and we urge the community to rally around them and honor this local hero.”
Since the Foundation’s inception, it has assisted six families of fallen officers including the families of Ogden City Police Officer Jared Francom, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley, Draper City Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride, Unified Police Officer Doug Barney and most recently West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson.