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Friends remember local skiers killed in Millcreek backcountry slide

Posted at 6:09 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 22:23:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Memories are being shared by those who knew the four local Utah skiers who were killed in the Wilson Glade avalanche on Saturday in Millcreek Canyon.

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Unified Police identified the deceased skiers on Sunday:

  • 29-year-old Sarah Moughamian, Sandy
  • 26-year-old Louis Holian, Salt Lake City
  • 26-year-old Stephanie Hopkins, Salt Lake City
  • 23-year-old Thomas Steinbrecher, Salt Lake City

“If all I can say is if you knew Steph, you knew what life was like,” said LauraAnn Drury, a friend of Hopkins. “She taught me how to appreciate the smallest details that nature had to offer, that people had to offer.”

Hopkins was a registered nurse in the University of Utah Hospital’s neurocritical care unit. Her coworkers told FOX 13 that she was a true "health care hero."

“I think 'hero' is probably an understatement. She was always willing to be the first to go into even dangerous situations, especially with COVID happening this past year,” said Brandon Sherrod, who worked alongside Hopkins at U of U Health. “She never hesitated to go out of her way to help patients and suit up to take care of COVID patients — or any patient for that matter. She was just always willing to do what needed to be done.”

Sarah, I love you my little sister and now I’ll miss you forever, hopefully we can live life as big as you lived yours. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Paul Moughamian on Sunday, February 7, 2021