What you do makes a difference

Colonel Fuhr publishes a document each month known as “What You Do Makes a Difference.”It summarizes many of the comments the department receives from various sources.
On September 28th at about 7:00 – 7:15 am I was in a motorcycle/deer accident on highway 13 in between the Bear River and Corinne. Two of your patrolmen responded to the 911 call and came. (I wish I could remember their names but I was dealing with a major adrenalin rush from the accident and names are the first thing I forget.) They were GREAT. I really appreciate how helpful they were, how friendly they were, how professional they were and how personable they were.
I was very lucky with my outcome in the situation, I was wearing a helmet, gloves, padded jacket, chaps and motorcycle boots and they truly saved me from some serious road rash, serious head injury and possibly a broken ankle. I came out of it with a sprained wrist and ankle and bumps and bruises. These patrolmen complemented me and praised me for wearing my safety gear. So, thank you highway patrolmen for your help, you made a bad situation better with the way you conducted yourselves and took care of me and my belongs that got scattered around.
Farley Merkley

I was driving down to Cedar City with my girlfriend to visit her friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m not a huge fan of driving down there, I’ve made that drive many times during my life and it’s become rather mundane. Consequently I was pulled over in Beaver, which is notorious for pulling people over. I was pulled over by an officer Eric Burdett. He was very polite, very efficient, and got us back on the road very fast, with a warning. I felt like Officer Burdett was out there making sure people were getting where they were going safely and to truly help other people, and not there to pester and punish other human beings. I just wanted to write a letter and express my gratitude for this officer and my thankfulness, in a time where tensions run high between police and civilians; and to recognize the character of this individual on your force.
Ian Bathelt

I just wanted to send a thank you note. This morning I was driving in Weber Canyon at about 5:30 and had to pull off the road to pick up a brick saw that had fell out of my father-in-law’s truck yesterday. I turned on my hazards and pull off the road and got out to get the saw. As we were retrieving it we noticed that a car had pulled over as well as if to come help us.
At first I didn’t notice, but it was a UHP car that had turned on it’s rear lights to warn oncoming traffic that we were there. We loaded up the saw and got back on the road and the officer followed and then we both went on our ways. I obviously never had the chance to tell him/her thanks for looking out for us. I appreciated the simple gesture and I sincerely appreciate all you and officers all over this country do for us. It saddens me that there are those who not only do not appreciate but intentionally try to do harm to those who serve the public. Thanks for your selfless work!

On Sunday 11-29 Officer Beau Mason pulled me over on I-15 at the point of the mountain. I was in hurry to get my wife to hospital. I had told him this when he came to the window, I am sure he hears things like this all the time. I want to thank him for believing me and expediting the process he needs to go through. He did explain that he wanted me to get there and he wanted me to get there safely. He gave me a warning and sent me on my way. My
wife had to spend 4 days due to a Saddle Pulmonary Embolism from her pacemaker surgery. The Dr. said every minute counted. Please pass this along to him and thank him for me. I also want to thank all the UHP for all of their hard work, efforts and keeping our road as safe as possible.
Troy Parsons

I am a temporary Utah Resident. At about 6:30 a.m. this morning, 12/22/15 I entered highway 80 coming from 2300 East. I saw a car stopped by the freeway, and when I went around it I hit something BAM! and my tire went flat immediately and I had to get off the road. I then realized I did not have my phone with me, and didn’t know what I could do, since it was pouring rain and I was at least ten blocks from help either way. So I prayed, first that someone would stop, then refined it to asking for the Highway Patrol to stop, because then I’d be safe. About ten minutes later, Officer Vincent arrived, flashing lights, and I was so grateful. He told me I had a chunk of concrete under my car. He and his partner conferred, then determined to jack up the car and get rid of the concrete, which they did. By this time it was snowing. Noting my predicament, they asked if I had a spare tire, which I did. However, since I drive a light Mustang, there were four 40# tubes of sand in my trunk. The officers then proceeded, in the snow, to change my tire. That was not all. By this time morning traffic was coming from Park City and I couldn’t get on the road. After a few minutes, Officer Vincent saw my problem, and I saw the patrol car move out into the lane, lights flashing, which made it possible for me to get on the highway and on my way. Needless to say, this experience made my day AND was a lovely Christmas experience. Please put my comments in Officer Vincent’s file, as I certainly am grateful for his thoughtfulness and assistance in an otherwise very unpleasant situation.
Joanne Williams