- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) - The wife and children of a Utah deputy killed in a recent crime spree are calling for bulletproof glass in every patrol vehicle.

Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride was killed Jan. 30 on a rural highway about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. Wride, 44, had stopped to check on a truck with its emergency lights on when he was shot twice while seated in his patrol car.

Thousands gathered around a flag-draped casket Wednesday for his funeral. That same night, his son Nathan Mohler started an online White House petition calling for more protective glass in patrol cars. As of Sunday, the petition had about 4,000 signatures.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1eGqwIb ) that the family sees the campaign as a way to lend meaning to a tragic and seemingly senseless death.

“We want to make sure that something good comes from this, that our dad’s death isn’t just another simple cross on the road,” Mohler said.

The family would like to see every car window reinforced against bullets, but they believe the windshield and driver- and passenger-side windows are most crucial.

If the family’s petition reaches 100,000 signatures by March 7, the White House will issue a response.

Authorities believe Wride was shot by Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, who later wounded another deputy and pulled off a carjacking. Garcia-Juaregui died after he was shot in a gunfight with police.

Friends, family and fellow officers remembered Wride as a quiet, dedicated father of five who treated people fairly in his work.

“Stuff like what happened to our dad shouldn’t happen,” Mohler said. “We want people to get involved and share the page with their friends and family, so that they can sign the petition as well.”

The Wride family also plans to speak with with Gov. Gary Herbert, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and other politicians.

Some Utah law-enforcement officers are applauding the family’s efforts.

“I think that any time you have something as tragic as this and you can get help from the feds or the state level, it is a great thing,” Lt. Eric McDowell of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said. “Our guys out there patrolling never know what they are stopping. And if they had something that would help them so we don’t end up with another tragedy in the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, that would be awesome.”