1033 foundation donates $25,000 to fallen police officer’s family

West Valley City police officer Cody Brotherson was killed Sunday morning during a police chase when the suspect's car hit him as he was attempting to deploy a spike strip. West Valley City, Utah | Composite image, elements courtesy of West Valley City Police Department, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah 1033 Foundation responded to the Sunday line-of-duty death of West Valley City police officer Cody Brotherson by providing immediate financial support to the slain officer’s family.

The nonprofit’s founder, Tore Steen, delivered a $25,000 check to the Brotherson family Monday afternoon, accompanied by West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo, West Valley City Deputy Police Chief Steve Sandquist and Park City Police Chief and Utah 1033 Foundation board member Wade Carpenter.

Brotherson, 25, was a three-year veteran of the West Valley City Police Department and the first officer of the department to be killed in the line of duty.

“It is never easy to walk into those doors and face these family members,” Steen said. “We do our best to come with open hearts and support them during this emotional moment, but it is still a challenging time. We hope that our contribution can provide some relief during this hardship.”

Cody Brotherson died a hero and now his family is left to mourn and face the devastating outcomes,” Steen said. “Now is the time to rally around this wonderful family and honor this local hero.”

FOX13 in Salt Lake City reports that three juveniles accused of hitting and killing Brotherson with a vehicle are in custody. West Valley City Police officials said Brotherson was hit while setting out spikes to stop the suspects’ vehicle as they were fleeing police.

Since the Foundation’s inception, it has assisted five 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.

The Utah 1033 Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2011 to honor Utah’s fallen officers by providing immediate financial support to their families and presenting college scholarships to the children of active Utah law enforcement officers. The name of the foundation refers to a police radio signal signifying that an officer needs help quickly.

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