Weber County Sheriff’s deputies to attend Dallas funerals with help from food trucks

Posted at 10:23 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 08:42:15-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah -- Over the next week the five Dallas Police Officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest.

Law enforcement agencies from across the country are expected to attend these funerals in support, including the Weber County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, seven food tucks held a fundraiser at the Weber County Fairgrounds. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will help send five men and women in uniform to Dallas. Thousands of people bought everything from chicken wings to grill cheese in support.

One of those participating food trucks was Leila's Luau. They dish out Hawaiian specialties at more than 100 events a year, but they said this was different, because it was for an important cause to law enforcement.

"We just wanted to do our part to help them get down there and show their support for the fallen officers in Dallas," said owner Ben Fonua.

It was the first time Alicia Gardner's family had ever been to a food truck. She said this was the perfect reason to place an order.

"It's important for me as a mom to show we support our police no matter if it's here where we live or it’s across the country," Gardner said.

Kirstie Cramer's husband is in law enforcement. She said what happened in Dallas really hits home.

"They're our family and even though we are super far away from Dallas or any other state that something tragic happens in law enforcement, we are family," Cramer said.

Two sheriff's deputies, two Weber State officers and one dispatcher will be making the trip. Sgt. Matt Jensen's wife is among the select few.

"Numerous deputies wanted to go down there so she felt very honored to go down there and represent the sheriff's office," Jensen said.

Several Weber County Sheriff's deputies also came out to the fundraiser to eat, but more importantly, thank the public for their generosity. They'll make sure that Dallas knows Utahns are thinking about them.

"To be able to go down there to pay our respects, for their service and their sacrifice, to be part of that event is just incredible and very humbling at the same time," said Lt. Lane Findlay with the Weber County Sheriff's Office.

These Weber County law enforcement representatives are scheduled to fly out Wednesday morning, and plan to attend at least three funerals while they are in Dallas.