The first known Utah law enforcement officer to give his life in the line of duty was Great Salt Lake County Deputy Sheriff Rodney Badger, one of the original 1847 pioneers. He drowned in 1853 in the Weber River while on assignment from Brigham Young to assist pioneers who were fording the river.
On April 29, 1853, several wagons were lined up along the river, waiting to make the treacherous crossing. The Water was ice cold and running fast and deep. The first wagon made it safely across. The second wagon, carrying an immigrant family with six children, was too light to make the crossing. The father was given stern warnings by the wagon master and Deputy Badger to ford the river without his family. These warnings were ignored. As the wagon entered the river, the strong current began to drag it uncontrollably downstream into deeper water. The wagon overturned, spilling the mother and children into the frigid waters. The father remained with the team. Without hesitation, Deputy Badger dove into the river and rescued the mother and four of the children. Continuing to ignore his own safety, Deputy Badger swam back out to retrieve the remaining two children. The elements finally overcame him, and he disappeared from sight, giving his life to save others. The river also claimed the lives of the two children which 30-year-old Deputy Badger attempted to save. An immediate search located the body of one child the next day. The body of the second child was not located until three months later. History does not record what happened to the surviving family members. They may have gone on to California which was the family’s destination when they joined the wagon train.
Eighteen months passed before the remains of Deputy Badger were found on an island 1-½ miles below the place he entered the water. His remains were returned to Salt Lake City where his wife and four children resided. Rodney was a counselor in the Salt Lake 15th Ward Bishopric at the time of his death.
In a letter informing Badger’s wife of the tragedy, an eye witness, William H. Hooper observed, “To offer you condolence for such a loss would be useless, as my feeling while I write overpowers me, and what must be yours, his wife, to lose a husband who was beloved by all men who knew him … it is useless to say the shock to me is great and the camp is in gloom. P.S. the mother and four children were saved.”
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” –John 15:13
Since the above plaque was erected in 1998 additional information has come to light indicating this event probably took place at an early Weber River ford in Uintah twenty-nine miles down stream from here that was used by emigrants leaving the Utah Territory for California. After deliberation it was determined that it was not practical to move the marker and that the story needed to be told, so it was left in this place.
The helmet and identification tags signify the fallen soldier, their name never to be forgotten. The inverted rifle with bayonet signals a time for prayer, a break in the action to pay tribute to our friend.
The combat boots, worn and dirty, represent the final march of the soldier’s last battle.
Hope Rising – To Lift a Nation, is a heroic-size (9ft) bronze monument that depicts the three firemen who raised the American flag at Ground Zero soon after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
The photograph of that poignant moment was captured by Thomas E. Franklin, a photographer for The Record, a newspaper in Bergen County, New Jersey. World-renowned sculptor, Stan Watts, was granted permission to create a sculpture in the likeness of this photograph.
The humble wish of the three firemen depicted here is to honor the brave fire fighters who perished running up the stairs, offering hope to everyone running down.
This monument will stand as a permanent reminder of a day we should never forget. It will serve as a fitting memorial for those we list in the attacks of 9.11, and have since list in the war on terror.
Most importantly, it will stand as a symbol of the hope we felt on the day we lost so many… and stood together.
The Healing Field Story
Amidst the horrific aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, three New York City firefighters quietly raised an American Flag. A flagpole bearing an American Flag, the simplest of devices, supported by the rubble of what used to be the World Trade Center, became a powerful symbol of hope to our country that day. That hope offered a measure of meaning to the rest of us as we processed with heavy hearts these cowardly attacks on our own soil.
In that spirit, on September 10th, 2002, as the first anniversary approached, the first Healing First Flag Display was erected 200 feet directly south of this location. The massive field of United States flags posted on 8 ft. tall poles, set in a reverent grid of perfect rows and columns, became a solemn, unifying and patriotic tribute clearly demonstrating the enormity of the loss of the 2,981 souls murdered on that fateful day. Many of the tens of thousands of visitors expressed a sense of healing as they walked through the field of flags. The title “Healing Field Flag Display” was adopted.
By September of 2003, 534 men and women of our armed forces had perished in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Flags honoring our fallen military were posted a 4 more flag memorials arose on the second anniversary throughout the country. The designation “Field of Honor” was adopted for the military tribute flag displays. By the third anniversary, 35 additional fields of flags arose across America. By the tenth anniversary, 523 Healing Field and Field of Honor flag displays had touched the lives of millions nationwide.
To the thousands of dedicated volunteers, Colonial Flag employees, generous friends, courageous Front Line Responders and members of our Armed Forces which came together each year to create a place to remember, honor and heal, I thank you.
Paul B. Swenson – September 11th, 2011
Hope Rising – To Lift a Nation Memorial
This memorial is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors. Their support, as well as their dedication to freedom, loyalty to our flag, and commitment to our community will never be forgotten.
Sandy City – Mayor Tom Dolan & The Sandy City Council Salt Lake County – Mayor Peter Corroon & The County Council
IPM, Inc. – Ralph Dlugas Larry H. Miller Family – LHM Charities Les Olson Company Colonial Flag Company Arlen Crouch Energy Solutions KUTV2 News Merit Medical Sandy Area Chambers Todd Maurer Workers Compensation Fund 105.7 AM – 570 AM
Design & Construction
Stan Watts (Sculptor) Van Schelt Design Monument Arts CMI Specialty Insulation Ensign Engineering Layton Construction Rob Saxey Construction
When coal mining started in the Bookcliff and Wasatch Plateau back in the late 1800’s many miners from different ethnic groups from America and countries from around the world came to Carbon County to mine the coal to provide for their families, heating of the homes, the making of steel, the production of electricity and other products.
These miners were exposed to cold, wet harsh conditions, bad top and ribs, explosive and poisonous gases, confined conditions with mining machinery and coal dust.
This memorial is dedicated to all miners who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives and to all miners whose lives were shortened by crippling injuries, natural causes from from conditions and miners pneumoconiosis.
This memorial is located at 2 North 100 East in Price, Utah.