OGDEN -- Thousands of mourners carrying flags and wearing blue ribbons are expected to line a somber funeral procession route today for fallen Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom.
The funeral for Francom, 30, will begin at 11 a.m. at Weber State University's Dee Events Center, 4400 Harrison Blvd.
Burial will follow in the Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered that the state flag and U.S. flag be lowered statewide today.
In a news release, Herbert said:
"On behalf of a grateful state, Jeanette and I offer our condolences to the family and friends of Agent Jared Francom. ... This shooting is a dreadful reminder that we should all be grateful for our brave law enforcement professionals who daily put their lives on the line in order to keep our communities safe."
Numerous organizations have undertaken efforts to honor Francom during his funeral procession and pay respects to the five Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force officers who were wounded while serving a search warrant at an Ogden home on the night of Jan. 4.
Francom died early the next morning at Ogden Regional Medical Center. Ogden police officers Kasey Burrell, Shawn Grogan and Michael Rounkles were listed Tuesday in fair condition at McKay-Dee Hospital.
Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Nate Hutchinson and Roy Officer Jason Vanderworf have been released following treatment at McKay-Dee and Ogden Regional Medical Center, respectively.
Today, the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce, with help from about 100 volunteers, will pass out about 2,500 hand-held U.S. flags to mourners along the funeral procession route, said Dave Hardman, chamber president.
He expects the funeral for Francom to be emotional.
"There are two groups of individuals that create emotional support in our community," he said. "One is the armed services, and the other is police officers and firefighters. They protect us and protect our freedom."
An additional 2,500 hand-held flags will be passed out by city workers, and 5,000 large flags belonging to wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will also be displayed along the procession route.
The Trapper Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based in Ogden, has invited 40,000 Scouts and 25,000 adult Scout leaders from as far away as Green River, Wyo., and Preston, Idaho, to offer a final salute to Francom and to hold flags during the procession.
The tribute is fitting because Francom, as a youth, earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of the Trapper Trails Council, said Jeremy Bell, the council's camping director.
"Such a tragedy like this doesn't happen all the time," Bell said. "It will be a great opportunity for all Scouters, old and young, to show respect and reverence for a fallen hero."
Ogden School District officials and student representatives from Ogden High School, Mount Ogden and Mound Fort junior high schools and T.O. Smith, Odyssey, Dee, Gramercy and Taylor Canyon elementary schools will line the procession route.
Many Ogden students want to view the procession because they have gotten to know and appreciate law enforcement through school resource officers and the DARE program, said Donna Corby, a spokeswoman for the Ogden School District.
"We have an opportunity to honor fallen officers and to give students an opportunity to pay respect," she said.
Ever since last week's shooting, the Ogden Public Safety Building, 2186 Lincoln Ave., has become a memorial to Francom and the wounded officers.
Numerous bouquets fill a reception area inside the building, and the front of Rounkles' patrol car in the parking lot has been adorned with a black cover.
"The outpouring has been overwhelming," said Assistant Police Chief Marcy Korgenski. "There is great support from the community."
The funeral is expected to leave the Dee Events Center around 12:30 en route to Ogden City Cemetery.
It could take an hour for the procession to travel from the events center to the cemetery, said Jay Lowder, the city's public works director.