PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Gathering a group, just like in the Wild West, is something in Utah that you can still see today. Not too long ago, a sheriff’s sergeant helped bring a group of horses and deputies back to Summit County, who saddle up when duty calls, in this edition of Behind The Badge . When you think of the Summit County backcountry, there’s a lot of rugged mountain terrain. This gives Sheriff’s Deputies plenty of ground to cover, and it’s easier to do it on horseback than your two feet. That’s why forming a sheriff’s squad isn’t something you only see in the movies. It’s the real life western for the sheriff of Summit County. Jeremy Forman. He rides for the County Mounted Patrol.
“This is by far the highlight of my career,” said Sgt. Jeremie Forman, Summit Co. Sheriff’s Office. Forman helped form the current group of county sheriffs you see today, trained to handle intense situations, respond to search and rescue, or simply march through a parade.
“For some reason, the horse breaks down the barriers between the police and the public.
They’ll want to interact with the horse they want to visit with the police because we’re on horses, and that’s not something we get when we’re in our patrol cars,” Forman said.
Of course, Forman did other notable things. In 2014, he won the Utah Sheriff’s Association Deputy of the Year for his work with police K9s and now oversees county school resource officers for three school districts. But Forman said he had moments with the band that he says couldn’t have happened otherwise. Last fall, he credits the group with a miracle, searching for a missing hunter they had abandoned in the dark.
“We were driving through the trees, and I looked over and we could see a light. So, we decided we’d better at least go over there and at least check it out. We were screaming for this. guy and soon he was yelling back, and we were a hundred yards away from him.
From then on he answered us until we located him and got him out of there. The light was gone so I don’t know where the light came from or what the light was. But I’m telling you, we drove to the light, and that was where the guy was, and he didn’t have one,” Forman said.
So whether it’s witnessing something he can’t explain or simply seeing people’s special connection to the group, Forman thinks those horses on patrol are just as precious today as in the Wild West.