Aspen Elizabeth Wimmer of Stansbury High School was awarded a $2,500 scholarship on Tuesday, May 3 at an event honoring Wimmer’s leadership accomplishments and Unified Police Officer Doug Barney’s life of service. The Utah 1033 Foundation — a nonprofit dedicated to assisting the families of Utah’s fallen law enforcement officers — organized the special event.
Wimmer — daughter of Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer — is a senior at Stansbury High School who is involved in her church young women’s group and a member of the National Honors Society, the Governor’s Honors Academy and the drill team. Wimmer received the Mayor’s Youth Award for her high school last year and was also a key contributor to the election of her father, Sheriff Wimmer, in 2014.
“Community service is great because even the smallest act of kindness can be meaningful,” said Wimmer. “It can be really rewarding for yourself and truly bless the lives of others. Service is a great way to be part of something greater than yourself and allows you to contribute to a better community.”
Wimmer was honored with the Doug Barney Leadership Award. This is an award named after Unified Police Officer Doug Barney, who was shot and killed after responding to a traffic accident report that quickly turned into a confrontational chase ending in gunfire.
“I am honored to receive this award dedicated to the legacy Doug Barney left behind, as he gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Wimmer said. “Law enforcement officers are the ones we call on in our darkest moments and they respond to every situation. Their jobs are about serving and making a change in the community.”
Wimmer applied for the Foundation’s 2015-16 Leadership Award by submitting a one to two-page essay reflecting the importance of law enforcement in their lives. Students were also asked to answer how the challenges of law enforcement today impact their support and how they could encourage their community to support law enforcement. She was one of five local students — all children of law enforcement offices — selected for a leadership award.
Zions Bank hosted the ceremony at Zions Bank Corporate Office in Salt Lake City on May 3, 2016, at 10 a.m.