A Utah police officer killed in the line of duty in 1902 was given full honors on Tuesday.
Photo credit: Utah Law Enforcement Memorial
A Utah police officer killed in the line of duty more than a hundred years ago was given full honors on Tuesday.
A headstone was posted on the unmarked grave of Scofield Officer Thomas Nalley in the Scofield Cemetery by the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial.
His original headstone, which previously crumbled, made no mention that he had died in the line of duty.
"The people of Utah need to recognize those sacrifices," Jerry Pope, vice president of the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial board of directors, told The Deseret News. "By doing this, we're bringing it and keeping it in the forefront."
Nalley sustained fatal injuries after responding to a disturbance call on the evening of Oct. 5, 1902. He was severely beaten by a suspect who was subsequently shot and killed by other officers.
The officer was transported to St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City where he succumbed to his injuries at the age of 40 on Oct. 14.
Members of the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and the Naples Police Department were present at the ceremony.
"It's always been important to me to understand and respect officers in my line of work who have passed away, especially ones who are killed in the line of duty," Naples Police Chief Mark Watkins told the newspaper.