Utah officers killed in the line of duty honored during Draper Days parade

Posted at 8:06 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 23:26:19-04

DRAPER, Utah -- Families honored their fallen heroes at the Draper Days Parade on Saturday.

Families of fallen officers were present, including the Johnsons, the Barneys, the Ivies and many more who all carried photos of fallen law enforcement personnel.

Andrea Davis is the big sister to Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie. Ivie was killed on October 2, 2012.

Davis said she was moved by the crowds cheering for her little brother. Ivie was only 30 years old when he was killed. He left behind a wife and two children.

"It was really touching during the parade, everyone was standing and people were crying as we were walking," Davis said. "That was really moving."

Shante Johnson is the wife of Sgt. Derek Johnson of Draper PD. He was killed in the line of duty on September 1, 2013.

She was there to honor him, support COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) and encourage people to run in the Fallen Officer Memorial Run in September. She said the money raised this year will go toward paying for Officer Douglas Barney's family to go to Washington D.C. To have his name placed on the National Memorial Wall. It costs about $2,500 per couple to go.

Shante and Andrea said all the recent hate directed at law enforcement in the country has made her want to see change and support for our men and women in blue more than ever.

"It breaks my heart that our country is in this situation right now," Davis said. "It's going to take a lot of courage and a lot of guts from people to stand up for what is right."

To learn more about the Fallen Officer Memorial Run organized by Sgt. Johnson's parents and family, click here.