New stained glass window shows Lehi will not forget his fallen officer

LEHI, UT — A new stained glass window in the Lehi City Public Security Building honors the legacy of the police department and its only officer killed in the line of duty.

Since beginning his service with the Lehi Police Department, Officer Joseph Adams’ parents say he was never sworn to protect and serve lightly.

His mother, Rosemary Adams, said he “always wanted to be a police officer since he was a little boy”.

“It was very meaningful to him,” said Thad, Adams’ father. “That’s what he wanted to do. That’s what he was in his heart, he was someone who could serve and participate in a community.

The department’s current police chief, Darren Paul, grew up with Joseph Adams in Pleasant Grove and was already serving in the Lehi Police Force Investigative Unit when Adams joined as a patrolman.

“He was so eager to learn and be part of the (police department) that he used to come with us on investigations,” Paul said.

But Adams’ service would only last a few years. He was shot and killed during a traffic stop of a suspected drunk driver in 2001.

For the past 21 years, the police department has taken its name from building to building. A memorial in his honor stands outside the Joseph D. Adams Public Safety Building.

Earlier this year, Lehi City helped fund an artwork with a new cultural arts tax.

Roots of Humanity and Holdman Studios have created a stained glass window depicting the history of policing from its beginnings to the present day. It includes the current leader and a few elders. Adams is in the foreground.

The organizations donated the artwork to Lehi City and unveiled it at an event inside the Public Security Building on Thursday.

“You want to capture who this guy is. He is a hero for the community. It’s a symbol,” said Dallin Orr, a lead artist on the project who worked on Adams’ face painting.

“So getting that expression where it’s vulnerable and also powerful is what brings the heroic symbol to me.”

“Indescribable. It’s awesome,” Paul said. “It’s quite a tribute and it’s quite an honor to have worked with him.”

Rosemary Adams told KSL TV she was “speechless with the artistry”.

“The detail. I don’t even have the words to express how grateful we are,” she said.

The window will remain inside the Joseph Adams Public Safety Building. A permanent reminder of their son’s service and of the police who continue their work.

“He has become and will be an integral part of the community forever,” said Thad Adams.

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