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Two new names have been added to the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

SALT LAKE CITY – Every May, families gather in front of the Utah Capitol to honor the 149 Utah police officers killed in the line of duty.

On Thursday, two more officers' names were added to the wall of the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial.

The first was Utah County Deputy James Hand, who died on October 8, 1931, after his motorcycle collided with a hay rack on the way to the Utah County Jail.

“It is an honor to stand here today, nearly 100 years and 93 years later, and honor him for his service,” said Sheriff Mike Smith of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

A family photo of Utah County Deputy James Hand. (Courtesy: Utah County Sheriff's Office)

The second officer honored was Provo Police Officer Trenton Halladay, who died on July 22, 2006 after a short battle with cancer that developed as a result of testing toxic meth labs.

“Trent was a tenacious investigator. He had unreal memory,” said Draper City Police Chief Rich Ferguson, who was chief of the Provo City Police Department when Halladay was active.

Ferguson said Halladay was a fourth-generation police officer in Provo. He said Halladay was remembered for his dedication to work, his smile and his infectious laugh.

“I can still hear his laugh today,” Ferguson said of Halladay.

A photo of Provo Police Officer Trenton Halladay.

A photo of Provo Police Officer Trenton Halladay. (The City of Provo Police Department)

Lisa Halladay said her husband changed many lives as a police officer and if given the opportunity to serve again, he would.

“Everyone loved him. He was just great,” Lisa Halladay said. “That's exactly how he was and he would do it again, I know he would.”

Lisa Halladay has been waiting for her husband's sacrifice to be honored on the memorial wall for 18 years. Now that it's here, she said it's comforting to know he'll always be remembered.

People attending the annual ceremony at the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial.

People attending the annual ceremony at the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial. (KSL TV)

In 2022, Trenton Hallady's death was nationally recognized as a line-of-duty death. A local agency reviewed its criteria and concluded that Trenton Hallady's name needed to be affixed to the wall.

The chief executive told KSL TV that he expects several more officers who died due to work-related medical problems to be added to the memorial wall.

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