CACHE COUNTY, Utah (News4utah) – Cache County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Brian Locke was laid to rest Saturday after being killed in an off-road vehicle accident last weekend.
Friends and family gathered together in Mendon to remember Lt. Locke for the great husband, father, friend and colleague that he was.
He was remembered by others for his decency he has always had towards everybody and always being willing to help.
In a press release issued by the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were notified October 6 at about 8:45 p.m., of an OHV accident in the Paradise Dry Canyon area of Cache County.
Cache County Sheriff’s deputies and Sheriffs Search and Rescue responded to the scene where they were told the crash involved Lt. Brian Locke, who was off-duty at the time. The UTV had rolled approximately 50 yards off the side of the road, and Lt. Locke had been pinned under the machine for an extended period of time.
Medical crews from Hyrum and paramedics from Logan Fire responded to the scene and provided immediate medical care. Cache County Search and Rescue crews assisted medical personnel in removing the machine and transporting Lt. Locke to Logan Regional Hospital. Despite every effort, Lt. Locke succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash.
According to a press release, Lt. Brian Locke was hired with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office in September of 1986. He started his career as a jail deputy, and in his 32-year career served in every division. He was promoted to Sergeant and then in 2004 to Lieutenant supervising all divisions within the organization.
Lt. Locke was currently the Support Services Lieutenant, a division including Investigations, Civil, Courts, IT, Search and Rescue, and Mounted Posse.
For many years, Lt. Locke was an active board member with the Utah Peace Officers Association. He served as Legislative Chair of the Utah Law Enforcement Legislative Committee and followed and tracked every bill and piece of legislation impacting law enforcement. He was active in the “Ride for the Fallen” and attended the event many times honorably representing Cache County Sheriff’s Office.
For close to 20 years, Brian worked for the State of Utah as a Regional Medical Examiner. His years of law enforcement experience and his compassionate ability to communicate brought a calming presence to those he worked with and the families affected in often time tragic events, said the release.
The following statement from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office was included in the release:
“Brian was a devoted deputy sheriff through and through. He had a great love and pride for our office and everyone he ever worked with, Brian was a respected friend, mentor, and leader to all who were privileged to work with him. He will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest condolences and pledge our support to his wife, Shelly, his daughters, and extended family.”
Cache County Fire District also posted a statement about the loss of Lt. Locke:
“We at the Cache County Fire District extend our sincere condolence to Lt. Brian Locke’s family and to the Cache County Sheriff’s office for the tragic loss of Lt. Locke. We will miss him.”
The crash is still under investigation by Utah Parks and Recreation officers.
We here at ABC4 want to express our condolences to Locke’s family and friends. He was often who we called for information for our stories, and he was a great pleasure to work with