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Gallery: FALLEN TROOPERS Description: George "Ed" Van Wagonen was hired on April 11, 1928 to form the Utah Highway Patrol. He had been a Provo City Police Officer for three years. He was issued a 1927 Harley Davidson motorcycle and later a 1928 Model "A" Ford. On May 23, 1931, while conducting a stolen vehicle investigation, Patrolman VanWagenen, fell onto a large circular saw used to cut firewood. The saw severed VanWagenen’s right side penetrating his liver and lung. He died later that same day.
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