Our first contribution has been given to the family of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth. UHP Trooper Ellsworth was assisting with traffic around a low-hanging powerline and exited his vehicle to warn a semi-truck driver who would have otherwise caught the wire. He was unintentionally struck by another vehicle, causing critical injuries before he passed away several days later.

Ellsworth leaves behind a wife and three young boys. Beyond the emotional loss they are experiencing, they are now in a position of paying for a funeral and medical bills without his income. The National 9-99 Police and Sheriff Foundation has an Emergency Relief Support fund designated to provide immediate crisis support to families who face these situations, and we were able to contribute $500 to UHP Trooper Ellsworth’s family.