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Hero's journey: Trooper's body escorted to funeral home, services announced

Law enforcement officials escorted the body of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth to the state medical examiner's office and mortuary on Friday. The 32-year-old trooper was directing vehicles around a traffic hazard on a rural stretch of highway in Box Elder County last Friday when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old girl. He died four days later. He is the second law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in Utah this month and the third this year. "In all honesty, it's a huge honor to be a part of (the escort)," said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Nigbur. "It's great to see law enforcement come together — the different agencies offer support and condolences." A public viewing on behalf of Ellsworth will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Willard LDS Stake Center, 8230 S. Highway 89. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Weber State University's Dee Event Center in Ogden, after which a procession will transport his body to the Brigham City Cemetary.