Statement from Colonel Rapich on the Passing of Trooper Ellsworth
The following message from Utah Highway Patrol Colonel Michael Rapich was shared with the UHP family following the news of Trooper Eric Ellsworth’s passing.
It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I write this email. On Friday, November 18, while responding to a call of low hanging power lines near Garland City, Trooper Eric Ellsworth was struck by a vehicle and critically injured. Late last night, after a long fight, he succumbed to his injuries surrounded by his family and and fellow troopers.
Trooper Ellsworth was 32 years old and loved by his wife Janica with their three sons, his immediate family, his mother and his father, retired trooper Ron Ellsworth.
Eric dedicated the last 7 years of his life to the Utah Highway Patrol and serving the state of Utah. His first two years were spent in Section 9, Green River, and he spent his final 5 years in Section 1 helping and serving the people of Box Elder County and Northern Utah. Our thoughts and love are with Eric, and his family.
The passing of Eric has brought to focus the commitment and dedication of the law enforcement and public safety family. The outpouring of support our department has received has been profound. Not only has it been noticed by our Troopers and staff, but by the Ellsworth family, too. Thank you for your continued support. The overwhelming hurt and sorrow that each of us feel is an absolute testimony to how much we loved and looked up to Eric. He continues to be giant and a hero among us. We will always miss him, he will always be with us, and we will never forget him.
Many of you have asked how you can help. An account at America First Credit Union has been set up for Eric’s family: “Eric Ellsworth Charitable Account.”
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the Ellsworth family during this difficult time.
Colonel Mike Rapich