The Passing of Lt. Brian Locke
On October 6, 2018, at 8:47 pm, Cache County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Search Rescue responded to a UTV accident in Paradise Dry Canyon, located about six miles northeast of Paradise. It was reported Lt. Brian Locke, an off-duty Cache County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant, was the injured driver. 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.
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. Utah Parks and Recreation officers will be overseeing the ongoing crash investigation.
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 in our office. He promoted to Sergeant and then in 2004 to Lieutenant supervising all divisions in our organization. He was currently the Support Services Lieutenant, a division including Investigations, Civil, Courts, IT, Search and Rescue, and Mounted Posse.
For many years, Brian was a very active board member with the Utah Peace Officers Association. He served as Legislative Chair of the Utah Law Enforcement Legislative Committee and passionately followed and tracked every bill and piece of legislation impacting law enforcement. He was active in the “Ride for the Fallen” and attended this event many times honorably representing our 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.
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.