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112 Courage Under Fire! Lt. Nathan Hutchinson A True American Hero. (Part Two)

April 02, 2023 Patrick O'Donnell / Nathan Hutchinson Episode 112
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112 Courage Under Fire! Lt. Nathan Hutchinson A True American Hero. (Part Two)
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Today’s show is dedicated to the memory of Agent Jared Francom EOW 01-05-12. 

Thank you for joining me today for the conclusion of a special two-part interview with a true American Hero, Lt. Nathan Hutchinson. Lt. Hutchinson is one of the most decorated police officers in American history and it was truly an honor to speak to the good lieutenant.

Lieutenant Nate Hutchinson has been a law enforcement officer with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years.  

Prior to his promotion to lieutenant, Lieutenant Hutchinson was a sergeant assigned to the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force for five years. He supervised the long term undercover narcotics investigation team, as well as worked undercover himself. On January 4th, 2012, then Sergeant Hutchinson, along with other members of the Weber Morgan Narcotic Strike Force, served a knock and announce search warrant on a small marijuana grow house. During the execution of the warrant, the grow operator ambushed the team. A thirteen-minute gun battle ensued in which six members of the team were struck by gunfire, with one member, Agent Jared Francom, suffering fatal wounds. During the gunfight, Sergeant Hutchinson entered the home under fire on three separate occasions in order to drag wounded officers out of the home.  During each entry into the home, Sergeant Hutchinson was shot, enduring a total of five gunshot wounds. Sergeant Hutchinson spent the better part of a year recovering from his wounds in order to return and continue his work as a member of the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.  After an additional 18 months at the Strike Force, Sergeant Hutchinson was promoted to lieutenant.  

Lieutenant Hutchinson is one of the most decorated US law enforcement officers, having received prestigious awards, including The United States Presidential Medal of Valor and The United States Congressional Badge of Bravery. He has also been recognized as Utah Narcotics officer of the year in 2012, The National Law Enforcement Officer of the month in March 2013, and The International Chiefs of Police Association officer of the year, among other state and local commendations.   

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      The execution of the search warrant that would change every member’s life forever. 

·      The physical and mental injuries that he and his teammates sustained, and how they coped with this tragedy.


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