Every law enforcement officer in this country lives with the daily risk of facing death or injury while on duty. Yet they push ahead, serving and protecting their towns, cities, states, and country. Too often, it is easy for citizens to take the risk for granted. Such lapses are jarred awake when a law enforcement officer is killed doing his or her job. Our respect for the danger these professionals deal with constantly should be as ongoing as their dedication to us. Our thoughts and prayers are always with law enforcement professionals within our state. And to the fifteen officers of the Utah Department of Public Safety, who have given their life to make our communities safer for our citizens.
• Patrolman George E. “Ed” VanWagonen
Line-of-duty death (LODD) May 23, 1931 – Died while investigating stolen vehicle.
• State Trooper Armond A. “Monty” Luke
LODD December 2, 1959 – In route to emergency, died in car/deer traffic accident.
• State Trooper George Dee Rees
LODD July 12, 1960 – High speed felony pursuit, died in traffic accident.
• State Trooper Charels D. “Chuck” Warren
LODD September 2, 1969 – Trooper Warren was shot on a traffic stop/stolen vehicle. Trooper Warren was in a coma for some time and was paralyzed for life up to his death on July 16, 1994.
• State Trooper John Winn
LODD September 27, 1971 – Trooper Winn was a radio technician, died while operating a loader on a steep grade repairing a communication tower.
• State Trooper William J. Antoniewicz
LODD December 8, 1974 – Shot on traffic stop.
• State Agent Robert B. “Bob” Hutchings
LODD July 20, 1976 – Shot while serving a narcotics arrest warrant.
• State Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson
LODD November 7, 1978 (Election day for the nation) – Shot on a traffic stop/stolen vehicle.
• State Trooper Daniel W. Harris
LODD July 25, 1982 – High speed pursuit/motorcycle traffic accident.
• State Trooper Joseph S. “Joey” Brumett
LODD December 12, 1992 – Assisting accident investigation on the interstate when Trooper Brumett was hit and killed by a Hit and Run vehicle.
• State Trooper Dennis L. “Dee” Lund
LODD June 16, 1993 – Shot in a high speed pursuit/stolen vehicle.
• Sergeant Doyle R. Thorne
LODD July 30, 1994 – Search and rescue mission/ Helicopter crash.
• State Trooper Randy Ingram
LODD October 5, 1994 – Motorist assist on interstate/ traffic accident.
• Lieutenant Thomas S. Rettberg
LODD February 11, 2000 – Helicopter crash.
• State Trooper Aaron Beesley
LODD June 30, 2012 – Helicopter search and rescue mission, Trooper Beesley lost his footing after rescuing two stranded hikers.