Candlelight vigil held for fallen West Valley officer

Candlelight vigil held for fallen West Valley officer

WEST VALLEY – Family, friends, and police officers filled the plaza by West Valley City Hall on Wednesday night to hold a candlelight vigil for fallen Officer Cody Brotherson.

25-year-old Brotherson, of the West Valley Police Department, passed away early Sunday morning after three teens driving a stolen car hit and killed him. He leaves behind his family and fiancé.

Police brought his patrol car and supporters covered it with flowers, cards, and candles. West Valley Chief of Police Lee Russo said the turnout brought him comfort on behalf of the Brotherson family and police department.

“To know that such a fine young man, at the beginning of his career, with such a bright future ahead of him, and [it’s] just all been snapped away in an instant, it’s . . . Just horrible,”  he said.

Brotherson’s father pled with people to respect all officers. Emotions were high, but life stories and musical numbers brought smiles.

There will be a public viewing Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Valley View Mortuary, followed by the funeral on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Maverick Center.

A donation account has been set up at America First Credit Union under the name Officer Cody Brotherson, account # 9089772. Donations can be offered at any branch of the credit union.

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