OGDEN -- If there's one thing Brent Jex has an eye for, it's an antique car in top condition.
That's why, when he saw a restored 1950 Ford Club Coupe Custom Deluxe Utah Highway Patrol car, Jex had a vision.
The Marriott-Slaterville resident wanted to see that black-and-white piece of history -- once affectionately referred to as a skunk -- in the Ogden Pioneer Days parade.
"When you see something that old, there's history in it," Jex said.
Then a friend gave Jex insight into how to give that car's appearance extra meaning.
The idea was to create a Pioneer Day tribute to fallen police officers and those who currently serve by following the car with today's officers and vehicles.
"It wouldn't just be the current, but it would take you back a few years ago," Jex said.
Jex, a veteran Ogden city reserve officer, helped by adding Weber County Sheriff and Ogden city police vehicles and officers to accompany the car. At 25th Street, police will stop and pay tribute with a rifle salute, in playing taps and by a moment of silence.
"It will be a very top-notch tribute to these fallen officers," said Jerry Stanger, a member of the Ogden Pioneer Days parade committee, recalling a past military parade tribute that brought spectators to tears.
And Stanger said honoring these local officers is equally important.
"They are called in to take control of a situation that someone else has lost control of," he said. "It takes a special person to do that."
Jex already has witnessed the power a classic service vehicle could have over a crowd of proud Americans humbled by the events of 9/11.
He chose Stanger's historic fire engine as the winner in a car show he ran shortly after that infamous day.
Jex said when he spontaneously decided to play "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood as the winning announcement was made, observers were overcome with emotion.
"I think I saw tears in people's eyes that I don't even think cry at a funeral," Jex said.
Jex wants to re-create a similar scene July 25 on the Washington Boulevard parade route from 35th street to 20th Street.
The tribute will feature eight Ogden city and Weber County Sheriff's officers -- following the 9 a.m. parade -- opening Hill Air Force Base color guard -- holding their rifles at attention in formation alongside police vehicles.
"It's escalated to be bigger than we thought it was going to be," Jex said, noting his appreciation for the dedication that officers, deputies, Ogden City Police Chief Jon J. Greiner and Weber County Sheriff Terry L. Thompson have shown to the project.
"One thing we want to say to them is a big thank you for what they do in the community," said Doug Stephens, an Ogden city councilman and member of the parade committee. "We can never say enough thanks to them, but we can show our appreciation for what their service means to the community."
The officers involved said they are honored to participate.
"People who give their lives -- no matter what the reason -- need to be recognized," said Weber County's Sheriff's Deputy Dan Halacy. "It's a sad thing that they had to do that, but it's a proud thing that they were willing to do whatever it took."
Halacy will be the bugler for taps during the parade ceremony.
Joining him in the parade from the Sheriff's office will be deputies Heather Davies, Chris Ryan and Sgt. Danny Driggs.
Ogden city officers will be Lt. Eric Young, Summer Draper, Glen Buss and Master Officer John Thomas.
Behind them will be another color guard, 14 Air Force junior cadets from the Clearfield High School ROTC program led by Maj. Kip Workman.