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Vigil held in Spanish Fork to support law enforcement officers

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Posted at 10:03 PM, Dec 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-28 00:15:55-05

SPANISH FORK, Utah -- A vigil to honor law enforcement officers was held Saturday at the police department in Spanish Fork .

"We are just asking people to gather, come to support our law enforcement, bring signs of encouragement," said Megan Boulton.

Boulton and her husband Barry organized the vigil to honor active law enforcement officers in Utah, as well as the memory of two police officers who were murdered in New York City last week.

A handful of attendees turned out in 25 degree temperatures including Sgt. Dan Yeaman, a 35 year law enforcement professional who currently works for the Davis County Sheriff's office.

Some of his peers are among the more than 20,000  law enforcement officers from across the United States and Canada attending the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos in New York.

"Centerville Police Department, Weber County Sheriff's Department, we had some of them go out and attend the funeral," Yeaman said.

While turnout for the vigil in Spanish Fork was small in number, he says it represents the rising level of support he sees and feels in his home state every day, at a time when many police agencies are coming under intense public scrutiny.

"We know the silent majority is out there. This is just a grass roots effort that's slowly gaining momentum."