Honoring Those
Who Serve

What unites us is stronger than what divides us. Becky invites you to nominate first responders, veterans, and essential workers who bleed RED or BLUE for a chance to be honored at a special evening with the Ron McBride and LaVell Edwards families and attend the September 11th BYU vs Utah football game.

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    Becky wants to know who inspires you! This September 11th, help Becky recognize those who serve our communities–Ute fan and Cougar fan alike. Send them and a guest to Becky’s special pre-game event to be honored at the Patti and LaVell Edwards’ home in Provo where they’ll hang out with the Edwards family, meet legendary Utah former head coach, Ron McBride and his wife Vicky, and enjoy Patti’s famous “game day stew.” Winning nominees will receive special BYU or Utah swag, see football memorabilia up close and personal, and then enjoy two tickets to the Rivalry Game!

    Use the form on this page to nominate your friends and family who exemplify service in the spirit of Patriot Day. Share their story and help people know why they deserve to be honored. When their photo and story appear at the bottom of this page, encourage others to vote to send them to the game. The top 5 Ute fans and top 5 Cougar fans who receive the most votes will get to bring a friend and enjoy this special opportunity! Nominate today – submissions and voting open until Thursday, September 9th at 11:59PM MT. Best of luck!

    ***Vaccinations and masks highly encouraged. We will keep you posted if event plans have to change for health and safety.

    If you have any issues, please email [email protected] for assistance.

    Who We're Honoring

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    Brandon Eager

    Brandon's Story

    I am nominating my husband, Brandon Eagar.  He has been a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 22 years.  He grew up in West Valley, Utah and lived there until he got hired to be a police officer in Las Vegas.  Brandon loves his job and loves to serve his community.  He puts on his uniform every day and goes out into dangerous conditions to help people he doesn’t know.  He has helped save someone from jumping off a bridge, helped arrest child predators, kidnappers, investigated endless traffic accidents and has gotten hundreds of drunk people off the street just to name a few of his accomplishments. Everyone loves to hear his stories about the heroic things that he does or the dangerous calls that he goes on.  However, the most impacting calls to him are the ones where he was able to save a life or change a life of a member of our community. Brandon loves his country more than anyone I know.  He is a patriot through and through and loves to be included in the honorary title of “First Responder”.  This has been a tough year for police officers, but he continues to do his job and knows his job is to help those in the community and give them a good experience so he can change their view of law enforcement, one person at a time. Another important note is that Brandon’s oldest son, Dillon, is in the marching band for the University of Utah.  He is a freshman and this will be his first time marching at Lavell Edwards Stadium.  I know that it would mean so much to Brandon to be able to see Utah beat BYU for the 10th straight time and also see his son march in his first “Holy War” game.  Brandon grew up a BYU fan, but after marrying a die-hard Ute fan, he has chosen the right and come to the cheer for the correct team 🙂 Please help me get him to the game to see Utah win and see his son, Dillon march in the band.  Thank you for this opportunity!

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    Miles Roberts

    Mile's Story

    Miles Roberts is a true hero. Throughout the pandemic he has served the community of Garden City, Utah as a pharmacist with honor. He is always willing to help someone in need, take a moment to share some wonderful advice, or bring a smile to your face with a wholesome Dad joke. He loves his community and serves the people with love in his heart.

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    Matt Ellsworth

    Matt's Story

    My biggest takeaway in 2018 was a deeper understanding of the word sacrifice. 2018 was one of the longest years of my life, because 11 months of it was spent separated from my husband Matt who was deployed to Afghanistan. I rarely talk about this time, because it brings up feelings of loneliness and a desperation  of a reunion.

    Nine months prior to Matt’s January 1, 2018 deployment, his unit was called up to go to Afghanistan. My civilian mind didn’t completely understand why the seemingly never-ending war needed a unit of intelligence linguists (Chinese, Spanish, Russian, etc.). But they were needed, and my husband felt like it was his time to give the ultimate sacrifice to hopefully do some good. We were still newlyweds (hadn’t been married for a year yet), Matt was in the middle of completing his first masters degree, and we hadn’t been able to immediately grow our family like we originally hoped to, yet, he felt liked he needed to give of his time and serve the country. Additionally, because of the type of work that my husband was asked to do, I wasn’t supposed to share that he was deployed. Therefore, I spent most of that year avoiding topics about Matt fearing I would burst into tears.

    I’ll never forget the week he was supposed to leave Afghanistan, and come home. “We did it,” I thought, “We actually made it through!” Then word began to spread that there was a Utah soldier in Kabul who’d been killed. I began getting texts from the handful of people who knew of Matt’s deployment asking if he was ok. I quickly read what was known, and knew I wouldn’t get a hold of Matt. Anytime something happened to a soldier, communication was cut off until the military could contact the family. My heart sank because Matt was in the same location as this soldier. Most of his unit was in another city at the time. We later found out the fallen soldier was Maj Brent Taylor of Ogden, who like Matt was also in the National Guard. I never felt so many emotions at once; relief that it wasn’t Matt, and I would get to see him again and sadness because the Taylor family wouldn’t experience the same reunion.

    Was all of this worth it? We still think so. The 20 year war is a topic which holds so much duality, leaving those who experienced the deployment confused and frustrated, while hoping some good was done. One of the greatest gifts we were given was gratitude for the freedom we are afforded by being American, while recognizing the country’s flaws. Matt’s sacrifice encourages me to be a contributor to things I hope can change to make the nation better rather than only a complainer of things that need improvement.

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    Scott Shupe

    Scott's Story

    Scott was a Scout Pilot in Vietnam and continued to fly helicopters for 47 years.  He was wounded and yet didn’t receive his Purple Heart until some 45 years later.  He did every kind of flying with a helicopter including firefighting and Life Flight.  He is not only my hero– he has helped thousands!  Now he is serving a  Military Relations Mission where he is working with soldiers at Fort Drum, NY.

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    Mike Ulibarri

    Mike's Story

    Mike Ulibarri was on the ground for 9/11 to help with recovering bodies. He has done so much and lost many friends. He was a Battalion chief and is now retired, but still works on the USAR team for the state. He was recently in New Orleans and on an Ops flight for Hurricane Ida. He was also just doing body recovery at the condo in Miami that collapsed. I have no idea how he can still do this. Best family ever. We love him!

    Mike’s response when he heard he was being nominated: “I’m actually honored someone would nominate me.”

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    Stetson Belnap

    Stetson's Story

    Stetson is the very definition of love and service. He has dedicated his life to service as a police officer and is constantly putting others before himself. In 2020, Stetson received the Medal of Bravery and a Life-Saving Award from the Idaho Falls Police Department for his heroic actions while responding to a house fire. As one of the first officers on the scene, Stetson kicked in the front door and entered the smoke-filled living room where he was able to pull a woman out the front door. He then went back inside and he and two other officers pulled her husband from the home. In a moment of great need, he did whatever he could to help those in need, regardless of the danger it put him in. This is just one of many examples of Officer Belnap charging head first into danger in order to protect someone else. Stetson abhors the spotlight and would never tell another of his good works, but rather he goes through life silently helping others and teaching us daily what it truly means to love our neighbor.

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    Merlynn Densley

    Merlynn's Story

    My husband, Merlynn Densley, is a retired US Navy Officer who served during the Vietnam War.
    He has suffered from a rare, slow growing (neuroendocrine) cancer in his liver and pancreas for 10 years. When he couldn’t find much information or a local support group, he started his own. He’s studied hard to become an expert on the disease, keeps up on the newest treatments, finds ways to help combat the side effects using proper nutrition, etc., works with their insurance companies to get them coverage, and has helped so many people in various ways. The Utah NET Cancer Support Group he started in 2013 began with 6 members and now has nearly 90. He’s a wonderful human being, and I’m so proud of him!

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    Amy Neal

    Amy's Story

    Amy is a dedicated public educator who has loved teaching for close to 15 years.

    During her time in the classroom, Amy has had to shepherd kids through the tragedy of 9/11 and through a global pandemic, and she has done it with grace and love of her students. Not something you expect to do when you go into public education, but not something one can easily shy away from. For all of her hard work and dedication, Amy was recognized with a Best of Davis award in 2020.

    In the fall of 2020, Amy moved into administration, while finishing her Masters Degree during the pandemic, where she helped lead the school through managing hybrid learning, working with faculty over health concerns, Covid related school closures, and masking issues/concerns. Again, not something one plans to deal with when they move into education, but Amy met the challenge head on and was able to rally the parents, faculty, and students to have one of the best years ever.  She did all of this while serving as vice-principal between two elementary schools.

    She does so much to build the community around the schools that she serves, strives to strengthen parental involvement, to teach kids to enjoy learning, and make school a safe environment for everyone.

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    Jeffrey Sparenborg

    Jeff's Story

    Dr. Jeffrey “Jeff” Sparenborg:  a kind, passionate, patient, and dedicated healthcare “hero”.
    Jeff spent many years pursuing a degree in business and medicine, in which during any down time during the rigorous education load this helped establish medical organizations in India and South America.
    Originally thinking he wouldn’t directly be involved in patient care, Jeff changed his mind a few years in to medical school after realizing he had a drive to help others  and helping them reach their full potential of having a full, happy and healthy life.
    Jeff graduated from medical school in 2012, and began his residency  training in Washington DC, for the next five years, learning and developing his practice in urology. He spent 5 years, working many hours, sacrificing many other commitments and activities during this training. During that time, Jeff was approached by a local healthcare system to help establish a urology practice in Provo Utah. The need had been great in the area and though starting something big, and initially on his own, Jeff was motivated and felt called to take on this task.
    The night before his graduation from residency, Jeff learned that he had stage 3 bladder cancer, a cancer as a Urologist, he treats and cared for everyday for his patients. At 35, and  just on the eve of “freedom” from the last 15+ years of undergraduate and medical training, this was pretty devastating. Jeff ended up having some complications related to some procedures related to removing cancerous lesions,  just as he was about to welcome his first child and start his new practice here in Provo, UT…Solo.
    He was there, not feeling his best, just ready to help where and however he could. He went through a 3 year schedule of intermittent cancer treatment the whole
    he developed and established his practice here in Provo.
    Jeff would squeeze up chemotherapy appointments up in Salt lake after a busy day of clinic, only to hurry right back into the operating room just after. I don’t think he’s ever even murmured a complaint, and despite his pain and discomfort, still put everyone else first.
    During the pandemic, even as we are pressed for health care resources, Jeff has been a constant, and even taking on an extra load to get people the care and help they need.
    Dr. Jeffrey  Sparenborg  still continues to do that this day, going the extra mile in anyway he can to all patients, community, or as a friend. There are many other things Jeff has done that one could use to help define him as “hero”, to have interacted with Jeff, is to feel a calming wind, someone who will always have your back, and to always always, give his very best.

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    Spencer Noyce

    Spencer's Story

    Spencer Noyce is a dedicated nurse and one of the hardest working people I know! He has been a nurse for ten years. Spencer received his MSN (Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration) in 2016 and recently decided to go back to school and become a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) at Weber State University.

    Spencer loves his job! He has worked in many areas of nursing, including med-surg, ortho spine, psych, ICU, and as the nursing house supervisor at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah. Spencer currently works at Rocky Mountain Care and has served as Director of Care Management, Director of Physician Services, and care manager for the Rocky Mountain Care Palliative program. He also helped build and establish their physician services program, a mobile clinic for geriatric patients in their homes. Spencer loves spending time learning from the senior population and connects with them so well.

    He has impacted not only the lives of his patients but also their families. Spencer has a unique way of letting others know they are important. He sees his patients in their worst, most vulnerable moments and does everything he can to make their day better. Whether that means cracking a joke or just listening, Spencer seems to know what each of his patients needs.  Between full-time work and full-time school, he still makes time for his family and looks for ways to serve those around him. He loves working in the community where he resides and looks forward to giving back to the community for many years to come!

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