Durham Jones & Pinegar (DJP) was honored to host the Utah Peace Officers Association (UPOA) for their annual Brody Young Scholarships awards ceremony. Blake Hamilton, shareholder at DJP and General Counsel to UPOA, hosted the event.
Brody Young, the scholarships namesake, was working as a state park ranger when he was shot nine times during a traffic stop in 2010. Brody was on hand to deliver the scholarships to family members of officers who were injured or killed in the line of duty.
The recipients of this year’s scholarships were the following:
Benjamin Francom – Benjamin is the brother of fallen officer Jared Francom. He is studying Mechanical Engineering at Weber State University. With his degree, he would love to create a design that could help protect and possibly save the lives of officers throughout the world.
Matthew Gunner Francom – Matthew is the brother of fallen officer Jared Francom. He is studying mathematics and statistics, with an emphasis in computer science at Utah State University. His goal in life is to “emulate the example of Jared”, who was strong, charismatic, duty driven, honest, loving, gentle and kind.
James S. Lepley – James is the son of injured officer Alex Lepley, who broke his neck, back and several other bones when rear ended by a semi-truck. James’s goal is to become a commercial airline pilot. He has already received his commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating, but will be attending Utah Valley University to further his studies by participating in their aviation program.
Tyler KC Orr – Tyler is the son of a fallen officer, Kevin Orr. He wants to become a doctor and is currently doing a double major in microbiology and French at Brigham Young University. He “will use this scholarship to make his dad proud by following the example of service that he set for him.”
Deseret News Coverage – Scholarships awarded to family members of fallen officers