Introducing Brett Horn

Dr. Brent Horn is the current chair of the Criminal Justice Department and Director of Forensic Science Programs at Weber State University.  Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, he has always been fascinated with how and why things in the world work the way they do. He began his college studies at BYU Provo, Utah right out of high school.  After taking two years off school to serve a church mission in Argentina, he completed his bachelors of science in chemistry.  He moved back to California to attend graduate school at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena. At CalTech, he learned about the future need for forensic scientists and found his “calling” in science.  Upon earning a masters degree in chemical physics, he returned to BYU Provo to complete a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry.  Why chemistry? Because he loves the pretty colors.  After graduation, he took a post-doctoral position with Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, CA in the Microfluidics Division.  He worked on national security projects including chemical and biological weapon detection systems for first responders and facilities protection. 

Dr. Horn began working as a faculty member at Weber State University in 2005.  At the same time, he began working in the chemistry section of the Utah State Crime Lab analyzing controlled substances.  He also spent regular time with the Weber Metro Crime Scene Investigation Unit.  These experiences served as an excellent training ground for how science interfaces with the criminal justice system and formed the basis for his philosophy for teaching forensic science and crime scene investigation to Weber students.  

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Thank You from Briant Johnson

Dear 10-07 Charitable Fund Donors:

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Toby Candilora Criminal Justice Scholarship. Thank you for your generosity and for allowing me to continue my education and develop my knowledge in the criminal justice field. School has always been really important to me, and knowing that someone is willing to help me better myself and my community by providing higher education is a huge help in helping me succeed in life. 

As I complete my education at Weber State University, I am very thankful to be receiving this scholarship. Because of your scholarship I will be able to continue to work towards my goal to become a Forensic Scientist and work in the criminal justice field. I have always liked serving and helping others, and I feel like the working in the criminal justice field is a great way to serve and better the community.

Thanks again for your thoughtfulness and for this generous gift.

Briant Johnson

Weber State University

Class of 2022

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Thank You from Hailey Parson

Dear Toby Candilora Scholarship Donors:

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Toby Candilora Criminal Justice Scholarship. Thank you for your generosity, which will allow me to further my academic career at Weber State University. This scholarship is impactful to my college experience because it will shift my focus from attaining financial necessities to pay for my academics, to excelling in my studies for the academic year of 2020-21.

As I complete my education at Weber State University, I am very thankful for receiving your thoughtful gift. Because of your scholarship, I can truly achieve my dream of pursuing a career in forensic science. 

Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.


Hailey Parson

Weber State University

Class of 2021

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Thank You from Adam Aimo

To the Candilora / Jones Families:

I am writing this letter to express to you how grateful I am for receiving the 10-07 Scholarship.  Before I attended the academy, I was driving a semi-truck out of Ogden.  I was very stable, but felt like I needed more in life.  That is when I decided to join the Weber State Police Academy.  I budgeted and planned my finances out and had a safety net of funds.  I was way off on my calculations for equipment and everything else.  Due to my miscalculations, funds have been extremely tight.  I can only work part time while attending the academy and have been quite stressed over finances. 

This scholarship will ensure that I will remain financially stable as I finish up the academy.  I can put my mind at ease on finances and put my heart and soul into the rest of my training.  Although I am currently not hired on by a police department, I am confident an agency will see my hard work and dedication and bring me on very soon.  Your scholarship will allow me to train far more than I ever thought and remain financially secure.  I plan to be working full time as a police officer by the end of the year and serving my community.

Once again, I would like to thank you for choosing me for this scholarship.  You have helped me out more than you can imagine and I look forward to attending the 10-07 Charitable Fund 5K Walk / Run next year and giving my support.


Adam Aimo

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Thank You from Taron Noel

To 10-07 Fund Donors:

Thank you for selecting me to be a recipient of the Toby Candilora Scholarship.  This is a great honor and words cannot express how grateful I am for your kindness and generosity.  Where I am beginning my career, I feel a sense of responsibility to honor Toby by doing my best.   Receiving this scholarship is not something that I take lightly.  I cannot wait to honor him and share in his legacy.

My name is Taron Noel.  I am married to my lovely wife Anne-Claire.  We currently live in Logan, Utah, at least until I find out where I will be working.  After graduating from high school, I served in the Marine Corps for five years.  I was honorably discharged and continued my education at Utah State University.  I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology with an emphasis in Rotorcraft.

My long-term goal is to get hired on with the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) in the Aero Bureau division.  I am currently in the UHP application process and am hoping to be finished up in the next few months.  I want to work for the UHP because of all the great work they do and the broad range of law enforcement opportunities.

Another goal that I have is to complete a master’s degree in Leadership and Management.  I love leadership opportunities, and I can’t think of a more challenging leadership position than eventually leading police officers.  Our community holds high expectations for police officers and the image that we must not fail.  This is another reason education is essential for me.

The money I will receive from the scholarship will help me with my transition into law enforcement.  My tuition has already been paid in full, so I plan on using the money to help get a proper start.  My wife and I will likely have to move, and I plan on using some of the funds to help establish us in the new area.  With the remaining money, I plan on purchasing proper equipment to do my job to the best of my ability.

It is such a kind act that your family continues to give so much to the law enforcement community.  I am looking forward to the 5K this hear to help raise money.  Hopefully, continuing the legacy and helping to provide this same tremendous benefit to another cadet.  I hope to meet your family and personally convey my excitement and appreciation.  Thank you again for this generous gift and opportunity.

With sincere gratitude,

Taron Noel

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Thank You from Makray Joseph

Dear 10-07 Fund Supporters:

I am honored to be receiving this scholarship.  I am incredibly grateful for the funds that you are able to make available to our Weber State Cadets.  This scholarship will not only help me, but it will also give me more confidence in continuing my education moving forward.  The scholarship that I have received is going to pay my tuition off for the remainder of academy.  This academy has not been easy for me and has presented difficult challenges at times due to lack of money and long school hours, but it will all be worth it in the end and will pay off

My family and I could not thank you enough.  My wife has endured with me through this entire process and has worked so hard to support us financially while I have been attending academy.  Being a self-sponsor has only made me stronger, dedicated and more ambitious.  Like Toby, I am a true believer in law enforcement and will mold my life around being a leader in the community and someone who will always answer the call.  The thought of putting on that badge and living my life through the fallen officers that gave everything to their communities is what this is all about

Going into law enforcement for me is such an honor and privilege that not all people get to go into in life.  Some will never understand the sacrifice that men and women make.  One of my favorite quotes that I have implemented into my life reads: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  I want people in the community I serve to remember me for the way that I treated them and for the way that I cared and empathized with them.  I will forever be grateful for Toby Candilora and his commitment.  His story will live on and will always be a part of the Weber State Police Academy Legacy.

One again, I would like to personally thank the Candilora and Jones families and the 10-07 Charitable Fund for helping me and my family.  I also want to thank Director Kotter for sharing this information with all the Weber State Police Academy cadets and letting us know the greatness of this scholarship and how much this means to your family.  God bless you.

Makray Joseph

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The Race is On!

April 5, 2021 

Hello Family and Friends! 

We are busy making plans for our 7 th Annual 10-07 Charitable Fund 5K Walk / Run.  This annual tradition is in honor of Toby Candilora, our son, brother, husband, father, nephew and friend.  He passed away on 10/07/09 of ALS.   

How do you keep the memory of a lost loved one alive and continue his legacy? 

Our family believes it is by celebrating his life and supporting those things that were important to him.  Please join us for the 10-07 5K Walk / Run on June 26th!!  

We are tickled to report the results we’ve accomplished together in the past 7 years:

  • $61,000.00 to Weber State Law Enforcement for the Toby Candilora scholarships
  • $20,000.00 to Weber State University Criminal Justice for the Toby Candilora scholarships
  • $25,000.00 to Bellevue University for the Toby Candilora endowed scholarship
  • $6,000.00 to ALS Association of Oregon for the Candilora Cadets walk team of April, Taylore and Samantha Candilora

Please consider supporting us again this year! 

With gratitude,

The Candilora / Jones families

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Thank You Family and Friends!

 Dear Friends and Family: 

As 2020 draws to a close, we want to share some heart whelming thank you videos we received from our recent scholarship recipients . We personally want each and every one of you to know that your support and generosity over the years does make a difference!  

We continue to support:

Weber State University’s Law Enforcement Academy

Weber State University’s Criminal Justice Department

The ALS Association

Our most recent recipients include:

Makray Malique Joseph, Law Enforcement Academy (Recipient #15)

Briant Johnson, Criminal Justice (Recipient #1)

Taron Noel, Law Enforcement Academy (Recipient #16)

Hailey Parson, Criminal Justice (Recipient #2) 

We hope that you and your extended families are staying safe and healthy in these challenging times.  We are planning to hold the 7 th Annual 10-07 Charitable Fund 5K in June 2021 and look forward to seeing all of you! 


The Jones and Candilora Families

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A Heartfelt Farewell and Thank You to Jack Rickards!

Director of WSU Law Enforcement Academy Retires

Six years ago, as I sat and contemplated the loss of my son Toby Candilora, I asked myself, “How can we honor his memory?”  He had been gone for over four years.  I closed my eyes and imagined that he was sitting next to me, and I asked him, “What would you want us to do?”  Knowing his passion for law enforcement, I felt inspired to call Weber State University and inquire about a scholarship for the Law Enforcement Academy.

I spoke with Director Jack Rickards, and he explained that there had never been a scholarship in the Academy. We agreed to meet.  At that meeting, we forged a wonderful working relationship.  We organized a Toby Candilora WSU Law Enforcement Scholarship. To date, we have endowed the scholarship as well as awarded thirteen (13) scholarships.  This has been made possible because of Jack’s commitment to the Academy, his knowledge of law enforcement, and a partnership that has meant so much to our 10-07 Charitable Fund non-profit organization.

Jack recently announced his retirement.  While we are excited for his and Margaret’s new Idaho adventure, we will miss his supporting tutelage that we have never taken for granted. Jack and Margaret, I hope that you know how much both of you will be missed!  Thank you for sharing our vision and helping us honor Toby’s memory, and in the process, give back to our community.  Your undying support over the years has meant more than you will ever know!

All the best,

Robyn Jones and extended 10-07 Charitable Fund Family and Friends

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Thank You from Officer Hulse

To the 10-07 Charitable Fund,

I am writing this letter to thank you for the 10-07 Scholarship I received for the Weber State Police Academy. The Police Academy was not cheap. My wife and I had started saving and budgeting far in advance, and even with that, finances were extremely tight, all so that I could attend the Police Academy. Because I live in Cache Valley and had to commute to Weber State every day, I was not able to work while I attended the Academy. Therefore, my wife and I had to live on just her income for the duration of the Academy. But the 10-07 Scholarship helped my wife and me financially to the point where we didn’t have to worry about finances for the final duration of the Academy. This relieved a large burden off my shoulders, and it allowed me to focus more on the Academy and making sure I performed to the best of my ability.

I was able to graduate from the Weber State Police Academy with the Highest Achiever award and have started a job with Utah State University Police. I have loved being a Police Officer for Utah State University and protecting the community that I live in.

I cannot thank the 10-07 Charitable Fund enough, as they were a huge part of my success. Thank you again.


Tanner Hulse
Toby Candilora Scholarship Recipient No. 13

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