Hundreds gathered at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University to pay their respects to a Utah County Border Patrol Agent. Nicholas J. Ivie was killed in a fire accident near the Mexico-Arizona border. Most that attended the gathering where the accident occurred were either friends or family, but even those that didn’t know him left feeling some sort of connection and loss. People played bagpipes as the Tucson Sector of the US Border Patrol Honor Guard posted the colors for Nicholas J. Ivie. His brother Joel is also a border patrol agent and in the eulogy, Joel told stories of growing up with his brother. He described his brother as a man who loved God, his country and his family.
“I think it was a great way to be able to pay respect and honor to Nick. You know everything they said about him was absolutely true in my experience with him but he was that person they described,” said Brandt Hislop, long time friend of Ivie.
Others who spoke at the funeral called Ivie a man of duty and a man of faith. Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar told his children that when they grow up, they’ll understand that their father died protecting their country. For fellow law enforcement officers, like Silver Brown of the Utah Highway Patrol, this story hit close to home.
“Within the law enforcement family, there’s a sense of brotherhood. Anytime an officer is killed in line of duty especially. It’s a great sense of pride, especially for what he was doing, protecting our borders, protecting our country,” said Brown.
The funeral ended with the congregation singing “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” Everyone stood as the Honor Guard retrieved the colors. The family members then left for Spanish Fork for a graveside service. Ivie is missed by his wife Christy and his pre-school aged daughters Raigan and Presley. He would have turned 31 on October 13th.