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Procession held for fallen Ogden Police officer

Posted at 9:52 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 23:52:20-04

OGDEN, Utah -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers accompanied Officer Nate Lyday's body in an emotional procession through northern Utah Friday.

"They risk their lives for us and they don't have to," said Cheyenne Holman.

Despite temperatures in the 90s, Ogdenites lined Washington Boulevard to welcome the hometown officer. His body had been at the medical examiner's office in Salt Lake County after he was shot and killed Thursday while responding to a domestic violence call.

"I have never met this officer, but I have cried as his mother would have cried. I have felt heartache for his bride. I felt like I needed to be here today to represent my family and the grief we are feeling," said Nancy Champi, whose daughter works as a corrections officer in Weber County.

Noah Marsh works closely with Officer Lyday's grieving widow.

"This guy was an amazing man. He was a good police officer and an even better man. I think we need to focus on how less we are without him," said Marsh.

Officer Lyday graduated from Ogden High School and Weber State University. He was a second generation law enforcement officer. Now, the tenth Ogden Officer to die protecting the community he grew up in.

"He just genuinely wanted to help other people," said Marsh.

An account has been set up at America First Credit Union to help the family. Deposits can be made at any branch or by transfer for existing members: Nathan Lyday Memorial Account number 9115916.