Ogden police officer Nate Lyday’s widow Ashley Lyday mourns during a candlelight vigil in Ogden on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Lyday was shot and killed May 28 in the line of duty. Lyday grew up on Custer Avenue and his mother still lives there. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Rolling vigil pays tribute to officer Nate Lyday, killed responding to domestic violence call
OGDEN — People lined the streets of Ogden for a rolling vigil Thursday night paying tribute to a slain officer hailed as a “son of Ogden” who died protecting the hometown he swore an oath to serve.
Ogden police officer Nate Lyday had served only 15 months on the job when he lost his life. He will be buried Saturday, the day on which he and his wife, Ashley, would have celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary.
Lyday was shot and killed May 28 while responding to a domestic violence call in the 300 block of Jackson Avenue after a woman called 911, saying her husband was trying to kill her.
An Adult Probation and Parole agent was also shot and wounded, but survived.
Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt thanked all those who took to the streets and gathered together at Lindquist Field to remember Lyday Thursday night.
“As we drove on the route of the vigil tonight, we had the opportunity to see the outpouring of love for Nate and his family,” Watt said.
He asked the crowd to remember the officer.
”This night we honor Nate and all he stood for.”
The hourlong rolling vigil began in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. It traveled to the 2100 block of Custer Avenue, where the young officer once lived.
Sherry Dagsen teared up as the procession passed her. She and her husband, Robert, are friends with the fallen officer’s sisters.
“It’s just so tragic,” she said.
Retired Ogden police officer Ross Miller sat in a chair next to a flag to watch the procession pass.
“This was my neighborhood,” he said, pointing to the line of houses along Custer.
He noticed the difference in society, today, compared to when he was an officer.
“It is definitely a lot different,” he said of work in law enforcement.” If it was like it is now, I probably wouldn’t have hired on. There’s just no respect.”
Debbie Warden also came out to show her admiration for Lyday.
“We are from Ogden, born and raised,” she said. “We …read more
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