LOGAN — Friends, family, and fellow law enforcement officers are grieving, after the tragic death of Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Locke. The 32-year veteran died Saturday night after the UTV he was driving rolled in Paradise Canyon, about six miles northeast of Paradise.
Sheriff Chad Jensen posted on his Facebook page, “We have all lost a great friend…He truly was the consummate deputy—in thought, action, word, service, loyalty, and devotion. His passing is both a huge loss to law enforcement as well as the community.”
Saturday night, a fellow deputy located Locke pinned under a UTV. He had reportedly been stuck for more than nine-hours, after rolling the side-by-side vehicle fifty-yards down a hill. The deputy was unable to free him and radioed for help.
Search and rescue teams and medical crews were dispatched to the accident. They were able to free Locke and began providing first aid. A medical helicopter was requested, but was unable to be dispatched because of weather. Instead, he was transported by paramedics to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash.
Jensen expressed appreciation to the deputies and Search and Rescue members who not only searched for Locke but all who responded to the call. “This is about as bad as this job gets,” he said. “I thank you for your valiant efforts, your professionalism, and compassion.”
In a press release, Cache County Executive Craig Buttars said, “We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lieutenant Locke. He was a dedicated public servant and a good friend to so many of us.”
Locke began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a deputy. He started in the jail and later served in every division in the office. He was promoted to Sergeant and then in 2004 to Lieutenant, supervising each division. He most recently oversaw Investigations, Civil, Courts, IT, Search and Rescue, and Mounted Posse.
A statement from the Logan City Police Department read, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Brian Locke of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. He was a great friend, mentor, and example to all those around him in Law Enforcement.”
In addition to his service with the sheriff’s office, Lt. Locke also worked for the State of Utah, as a Regional Medical Examiner for close to 20-years. This often required him to respond to homicides and suicides. He was known for his compassion and calming presence to victim’s families, affected by those tragic events.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry posted on his Facebook page, “I want people to know that Brian Locke was truly one of the greatest guys I had the pleasure to work with and associate with. He cared for the people of Utah and especially the people of Cache Valley.” He went onto say, “I know I am a better officer because of what I learned from Brian. Rest in Peace my brother.”
Lt. Locke leaves behind his wife Shelly, daughters and extended family. Memorial services are still being arranged.