Fallen officer, Jared Francom of the Ogden City Police Department will be remembered with a special honor this week.
His name has been etched onto the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington, D.C. and will be officially recognized in a ceremony held on the U.S. Capitol steps this Wednesday.
Francom was a member of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force when he was fatally shot and killed on Jan. 4, 2012, when a routine search warrant turned into a dramatic shootout involving police and suspect Matthew David Stewart. The honor comes during National Police Week, with events running all week long, including a candlelight vigil on May 13, where the names of all 321 individuals recognized this year will be read.
Francom's wife Erin, his two daughters, parents and brothers will stand alongside officers who were involved in the shootout, Ogden City Mayor Mike Caldwell, Police Chief Mike Ashment and several other key figures to pay their respect.
"This is the first time since 1963 that an Ogden officer will be honored at this national memorial" said Ashment in a recent press release. "There is a lot of emotion involved in this event. It's not just the family or our department that has felt the pain of loss, but an entire community who is personally connected to that tragic day over 16 months ago."
Francom was shot six times at close range. Matthew David Stewart is currently awaiting trial for aggravated murder and multiple other charges. Francom was honored locally on the one year anniversary of his death earlier this year as Ogden dedicated its public safety building, the Francom Public Safety Center.