Statement from Commissioner Squires on the Passing of Trooper Ellsworth

The following message from Commissioner Keith D. Squires was shared with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) family following the news of Trooper Eric Ellsworth’s passing.  

My heart aches this morning as I share with you the sad news that our brother, Trooper Eric Ellsworth has passed away as a result of his injuries sustained last Friday, November 18. The service our troopers provide is critical to the safety and quality of life that all of us enjoy throughout our great state. Eric represented the finest example of our Utah Highway Patrol team. He will be remembered for his great professionalism, courage, the very caring way he provided his service to help those in need and for his smile and genuine friendship to those he served with. His father Ron was also a trooper, who’s great example guided Eric so honorably to follow in his footsteps.

I want to thank you all for your concern and prayers for Eric and his loving family. My words can’t adequately describe how much we will miss Eric, but I can confidently assure you that we will never forget him, his dedicated service and his dear family who will carry on his amazing legacy. Please keep his wife, Janica, and their three wonderful sons in your prayers. Our love and support is especially needed at this time. Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are also with the young lady who was involved in this accident.

I’m so grateful for the men and women who serve bravely in our UHP in often very dangerous situations. Please know how we all stand with you and appreciate you as we honor Eric’s inspiring life of service and solemnly mourn his passing. To all of my DPS family, it’s incredible to see all you are doing to help Eric’s family. Thank you for showing how much you care. Please be well and safe.

Commissioner Keith D. Squires


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