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Two names added to Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) May 2010

The names of two law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty have been added to the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol.

Plaques displaying the names of Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox and U.S. Marshal Joseph C. Akin were unveiled May 6 – one day after Sevier County Sheriff’s Sgt. Franco Aguilar was laid to rest after being killed in the line of duty.

“We appreciate this very much. It helps everyone remember Josie,” said Fox’s sister Sandi Greathouse. “It helps the healing process a little bit.”

Fox was shot and killed during a traffic stop while on duty in January on U.S. 50 near Delta. Her gun was still in its holster when she was found. Roberto Miramontes Roman has been charged with capital murder and two other counts in her death. He has not yet entered a plea.

Akin was a U.S. marshal from Colorado. On Feb. 21, 1915, he traveled to an Indian reservation just outside Bluff, Utah, to serve an arrest warrant in a murder case.

However, the suspect’s tribe wouldn’t turn him over, and Akin was killed in a gun battle. The incident sparked what would later be known as the Posey War, said to be the last Indian uprising in the U.S.

Both Fox and Akin were awarded posthumous Purple Hearts.

The Law Enforcement Memorial Committee said there were about a half-dozen people like Akin who were killed in the line of duty and forgotten over the years but could still be added to the memorial.

Next year, Aguilar’s name will be added.

He was killed April 29 as he investigated a crash on Fish Creek Bridge along Interstate 70, about 160 miles south of Salt Lake City. Authorities say an SUV collided with a crashed car, which then hit Aguilar and pushed him off the bridge. He fell 103 feet.

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