The Utah 1033 Foundation made a payment from its Fallen Officers Fund to the family of fallen Provo Master Police Officer Joseph Shinners.
The non-profit's president, Dave Kaufman, hand delivered a $25,000 check to the family on Monday afternoon, accompanied by Wade Carpenter, Park City Police Chief and Utah 1033 Foundation governing board member, a press release said.
Named after the police code "10-33," which means that a law enforcement officer is in urgent need of help, the Utah-based foundation provides immediate financial support to families of Utah's fallen officers.
There are no sufficient words at a time like this. The sadness cannot be described, but we are humbled and honored to provide this financial assistance. Master Officer Shinners's sacrifice will not be forgotten, and we encourage everyone to do anything and everything possible to support his family and to honor his memory.
Since the foundation's inception in 2011, it has assisted eight families of fallen officers including the families of:
- Ogden City Master 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 Douglas Barney,
- West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson,
- Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth,
- South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell.
Shinners' family is the ninth recipient of funds from the foundation, which is also raising money for its Family Education Trust Fund. This fund is meant to provide fallen officers' families with additional funds to offset education costs.
To provide support to The Utah 1033 Foundation, please visit www.utah1033.org.