More Than 120 Utah Officers Have Died In Line Of Duty

120 Utah Officers
An entry for officer Doug Barney, an officer of the Unified Police Department, has been added to a website that lists officers killed in the line of duty.

Utah, Jan. 19, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah got another entry this week on the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The non-profit website, designed to name and honor safety officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, gained a listing for Doug Barney, of the Unified Police Department, who was killed on Sunday when he approached a man who walked away from an auto accident in Holladay.

The website lists 122 officers, not counting the canine deaths also reported as line of duty deaths.

Here is the site’s list, which goes back more than 160 years.

Officer Douglas Scott Barney, Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, died Jan. 17, 2016, after being shot in the head as he pursued a man suspected of leaving the scene of an auto accident.

Sgt. Cory B. Wride, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, died Jan. 30, 2014, after being shot in an ambush while checking on what he believed was an abandoned vehicle, near Eagle Mountain.

Sgt. Derek Johnson, Draper Police Department, died on Sept. 1, 2013 when he stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of the road, and was shot by an occupant.

Trooper Aaron Robert Beesley, Utah Highway Patrol, died June 30, 2012, after falling from a 90-foot cliff during a search and rescue mission in Salt Lake County.

Agent Jared Daniel Francom, Ogden Police Department, died Jan. 5, 2012, after being shot while serving a drug-related search warrant.

Deputy Sheriff Brian Bruce Harris, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, died on Aug. 26, 2010, after being shot while tracking a burglary suspect in the desert near Fredonia, Arizona. Harris had begun a foot pursuit of the man in Kane County.

Sgt. Franco Rafael Aguilar, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, died April 29, 2010 after an out-of-control vehicle sent Auguilar over the Interstate 70 guardrail, causing him to fall 250 feet to his death.

Josie FoxDeputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox, Millard County Sheriff’s Office, died Jan. 5, 2010, after being shot while attempting to stop a vehicle connected to a car theft investigation.

 

Officer Benjamin Skinner, North Salt Lake Police Department, died Nov. 8, 2008, after a crash on wet pavement while pursuing a suspect in a stolen vehicle.

Officer Stephen Anderson, Utah Department of Corrections, died June 25, 2007. Anderson was shot and killed with his own weapon after an inmate transported to the University of Utah Medical Center for treatment overcame the officer.

Det. Kevin Shumway Orr, Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, died Nov. 22, 2006 while searching for a missing woman when the helicopter he was riding in crashed into the Green River.

Conservation officer Jon Christopher Draper, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, died on Jan. 25, 2004. Draper suffered a medical emergency, and fell into a canyon while investigating game poisoning and trap lines in the area of Straight Canyon.

Deputy Sheriff Jeremiah Kirk Johnson, Emery County Sheriff’s Office, died May 27, 2003, as the result of a collision on State Road 10.

Deputy Sheriff David Charles Jones, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, died Jan. 26, 2003 of gunshot wounds after a routine traffic stop.

Officer Ronald Manfred Wood, West Jordan Police Department, died Nov. 18, 2002. He was pursuing a boy, 16, who was believed to have a gun. The boy shot and killed Wood, then himself.

Edward DareDeputy Sheriff Edward Norman Dare, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, died on Sept. 24, 2002, in an automobile accident while responding to a backup call from another agency for help with an armed DUI driver.

James E. Faraone, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Sept. 18, 2001, when his vehicle was rear ended after he stopped for a disabled vehicle on Interstate 80.

Officer Joseph Dan Adams, Lehi Police Department, died Aug. 4, 2001, after being shot by a suspected drunk driver.

Police Chief Cecil F. Gurr, Roosevelt Police Department, died July 6, 2001, after being shot while trying to rescue a woman being held hostage by her ex-boyfriend.

Officer Michael J. Dunman, Salt Lake City Police Department, died on July 17, 2000, after his patrol bicycle was hit by a car.

Lt. Thomas Sumner Rettberg, Utah Highway Patrol, died on Feb. 11, 2000, when a helicopter he was piloting crashed during a routine maintenance flight.

Deputy Tracey Dale Davidson, Juab County Sheriff’s Department, died July 26, 1998, in an auto accident while returning from a search for a missing person.

Patrol Officer Lawrence Carter Penrod, Spanish Fork City Police Department, died Feb. 5, 1997 from injuries sustained in an April 1990 accident when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a traffic accident. The accident left him disabled.

Sgt. Norman Kim Nisson, Provo Police Department, died Jan. 11, 1995 in an auto accident while on his way to serve court papers.

Trooper Randy K. Ingram, Utah Highway Patrol, died on Oct. 5, 1994, when his patrol car was struck by a tractor trailer during a traffic stop.

Sgt. Doyle Reed Thorne, Utah Highway Patrol, died July 30, 1994, when his helicopter crashed while he was searching for a 2-year-old girl.

Charles WarrenTrooper Charles D. Warren, Utah Highway Patrol, died May 16, 1994, due to complications from gunshot wounds he suffered 25 years earlier when he was shot twice in the head during a traffic stop. He was paralyzed and suffered serious health problems before succumbing to the wounds.

Deputy Sheriff Michael Scott Welcker, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, died Feb. 24, 1994, during a shootout through a door with a man Welcker was trying to arrest on armed aggravate assault charges.

Trooper Dennis Lavelle Lund, Utah Highway Patrol, died June 16, 1993, after being shot in the face during a high speed chase on Interstate 70. He was shot in the face by juveniles.

Trooper Joseph Samuel Brumett, III, Utah Highway Patrol, died Dec. 11, 1992, after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while trying to recover a tire from the center divider of I-15.

Deputy Sheriff Blake B. Wright, Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, died Aug. 26, 1990. Wright and a firefighter were caught in a state park wildfire, and were constructing a firebreak with a bulldozer when the fire overwhelmed them.

Lt. Freddie Floyd House, Utah Department of Corrections, died Jan. 28, 1988. A man had blown up an LDS meetinghouse, and he, his wives and other family members barricaded them them into a home for 13 days. As House released his canine on the suspects, House was shot and killed.

Patrolman Jackson Dee Elmer, Murray Police Department, died on Nov. 14, 1987, after being struck by a vehicle while investigating an accident.

Deputy Sheriff Wade Alexander Hansen, Emory County Sheriff’s Department, was killed on Sept. 24, 1987, in an automobile accident near Green River when his patrol car cross the center line and was struck by a tractor trailer.

Lt. Gerry Lanell Ivie, Duchesne County Sheriff’s Department, died on July 2, 1987 when he was accidentally shot by a fellow officer at a roadblock set up to catch a suspect.

Thomas ReesOfficer Thomas M. Rees, West Jordan Police Department, died Feb. 23, 1986. Rees was shot and killed by his own service weapon while conducting training exercises with other officers. Rees and another officer were practicing techniques to prevent suspects from taking officers’ weapons.

Patrolman Rodney W. Schreurs, Park City Police Department, died July 4, 1984, after being struck by a drunk driver.

Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Dickey, Jr., Cache County Sheriff’s Office, died March 18, 1984. He died in an automobile accident while responding to a domestic disturbance.

Trooper Daniel W. Harris, Utah Highway Patrol, died Aug. 25, 1982, in a motorcycle accident while trying to catch a speeding driver in Parley’s Canyon.

Sgt. Ronald L. Heaps, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Jan. 13, 1982, after being shot by a murder suspect while investigating a complaint of loud music.

Sheriff Dale E. Nelson, Beaver County Sheriff Office, died Sept. 8, 1980 from exposure to lethal doses of methane while attempting to rescue a father and son who had also become overtaken by the methane gas in a concrete manure pit on Roberts Dairy Farm along State Route 12.

Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson, Utah Highway Patrol, died Nov. 7, 1978. He was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Highway 20, north of Panguitch. The driver was a fugitive from Illinois who had just stolen gas from a service station.

Agent Robert B. Hutchings, Utah Highway Patrol, died on July 20, 1976. He was shot in the neck while participating in a narcotics operation, trying to serve a warrant on the suspect.

Sgt. Lauren Everett Dow, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, died Aug. 26, 1975, after being caught in a 300-acre brush fire he and crews were attempting to fight.

Trooper William John Antoniewicz, Utah Highway Patrol, died on Dec. 8, 1974, after being shot during a traffic stop near I-80 near Echo Junction.

Lt. James Raymond Merrill, Cache County Sheriff’s Office, died Jan. 5, 1974 from hitting his head on his bumper after falling on ice.

Deputy Sheriff Melvin C. Colebrook, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, died March 10, 1973, after a suspect grabbed the officer’s gun in a struggle and shot Colebrook in the head.

Det. Percy Lindsay Clark, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Jan. 11, 1973, from gunshot wounds inflicted while he was attempting to arrest two robbery suspects.

Trooper John R. Winn, Utah Highway Patrol, died on Sept. 22, 1971. Winn, a radio techician for his agency, died when a construction vehicle he was operating flipped over while on a hill.

Donald JensenDeputy Sheriff Donald Perry Jensen, Davis County Sheriff’s Department, died May 14, 1971, from gunfire after stopping to help two men who were having car trouble. The men, wanted for robbery in Ogden, opened fire.

Officer Donald Wagstaff, Utah Department of Corrections, died Dec. 23, 1970. Wagstaff was supervising an early morning work crew on a dairy farm when two inmates beat him severely with a farm tool, then buried him in a pile of grain, causing him to suffocate.

Conservation officer Charles Gilbert Porter, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, died on May 2, 1970. He was struck by train while checking fishing licenses. The noise of one train is believed to have masked the sound of a second train from him.

Detective Sergeant Marshall N. White, Ogden Police Department, died Oct. 18, 1963, after being shot by a juvenile who had broken into a home.

Sheriff Seth Forsgren Wright, San Juan County Sheriff’s Department, died Oct. 14, 1960, in an aircraft accident that also killed the pilot and a prisoner.

Trooper George Dee Rees, Utah Highway Patrol, died July 2, 1960, after being struck by a vehicle fleeing other officers. Rees and another officer set up a road block at the junction of U.S. 89 and U.S. 91 near Lagoon. As Rees sat in his cruiser, the suspect vehicle struck it head on. Rees and both suspects were killed instantly.

Trooper Armond A. Luke, Utah Highway Patrol, died Dec. 3, 1959, in an automobile accident. He was pursuing a traffic violator and swerved to avoid deer in the roadway, and his cruiser went over an embankment and into the Sevier River.

Chief Deputy Alma P. Sorensen, Cache County Sheriff’s Office, and officer Edwin Edwards, Logan Police Department, died Aug. 27, 1959. Sorensen and Edwards died after a juvenile suspect being transported grabbed the car’s steering wheel, causing a head on collision.

Deputy Sheriff Mackay C. Jewkes, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, died June 25, 1959, in an auto accident while he was attempting to stop a vehicle.

Edwin FisherOfficer Edwin J. Fisher, Utah Department of Corrections, died June 1, 1955. Fisher was stabbed after he confronted an inmate in the prison boiler room. The inmate used a knife stolen from the kitchen.

Patrolman Harold A. Peterson, Sr., Salt Lake City Police Department, died Oct. 27, 1954, after a collision between his police motorcycle and a car that turned in front of him.

Sgt. Owen T. Farley, Salt Lake City Police Department, died May 23, 1951, after being shot by a suspect he was transporting to police headquarters.

Sgt. Thomas W. Stroud, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Jan. 5, 1951, died when his service weapon fell to the ground and discharged, fatally shooting him, while he was helping at a children’s party.

S. Marion Bliss, Carbon County Sheriff’s Department, died April 23, 1945 after being shot by a posse member who accidentally fired his weapon while the Bliss was attempting to arrest a murder suspect.

Marshal Alonzo Larsen, Mount Pleasant Police Department, died Oct. 15, 1945, as the result of being shot by an unruly customer he had removed from a cafe.

Officer Clarence M. Bean, Ogden Police Department, died May 1, 1945, from complications related to internal injuries after being assaulted.

Det. Hoyt L. Gate, Ogden Police Department, Feb. 11, 1941, was shot and killed on Feb. 11, 1941, when he interrupted an armed robbery at a grocery store.

Sheriff William Levi Black, Emery County Sheriff’s Office, died Aug. 22, 1936, when he was shot in the head while trying to settle a dispute between two farmers.

Officer Blaine L. Baxter, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Sept. 4, 1935, in a motorcycle accident while attempting to stop a speeding vehicle.

Patrolman Joseph Quigley, Ogden Police Department, died from gunshot wounds on July 12, 1935, after finding two men stealing gasoline from a car.

Patrolman George Van Wagonen, Utah Highway Patrol, died May 23, 1931. He fell onto a large circular saw during a a stolen vehicle investigation. Van Wagonen was the first full-time patrol officer hired for the Utah Highway Patrol.

Patrolman Willard R. Dahle, Logan City Police Department, died May 5, 1929, after being shot by a bootlegger.

Richard WestwoodDeputy Sheriff Richard Dallin Westwood, Grand County Sheriff’s Department, died on Sept. 5, 1928, after being shot by prisoners who had sneaked a pistol into the jail.

Deputy Sheriff Oscar Fullmer, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, died Aug. 26, 1928, in an auto accident while investigating a murder.

Marshal James Milton Burns, Castle Gate Marshal’s Office, died June 16, 1925. He was shot by a man whose firearms he had confiscated.

Patrolman Gustave J. Lund, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Aug. 25, 1924, after being hit by a trailer full of bricks while directing traffic.

Patrolmen Brigham H. Honey and Nolan Huntsman, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Feb. 16, 1924, were shot while attempting to stop an armed robbery suspect.

Patrolman David H. Crowther, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Oct. 12, 1923, after being shot by one of three men he was escorting to the city limits.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd L. Rose, Millard County Sheriff’s Office, died Oct. 2, 1922, after being shot by a man who had escaped from the county jail the previous week.

Deputy Sheriff Gordon Stuart, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, died April 15, 1922, after being shot while trying to serve civil papers on a farmer and to confiscate his livestock.

City Marshal Lee Franklin Isbell, Richfield Police Department, died Aug. 5, 1921, three weeks after being shot while trying to arrest a man for being drunk in public.

Charles ManzelPatrolman Charles Manzel, Ogden Police Department, died May 9, 1921, after being shot in the head by a suspect in a clothing burglary.

Det. Green B. Hamby, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Feb. 8, 1921, after being shot by a man suspected of murder, robbery and assaulting an officer.

Officer Albert G. Smalley, Ogden Police Department, died April 7, 1920, after complications from injuries sustained in a police chance when his motorcycle was forced off the road by a stolen car he was pursuing.

Night Policeman Alex J. Robertson, Eureka Police Department, died Dec. 5, 1915, from being shot by a man he was trying to arrest for public intoxication and shooting a firearm in public.

Deputy Game Warden Ernest G. Berry, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, died Sept. 27, 1914. Berry was shot and killed while investigating a possible duck poaching at Williams Lake, in Salt Lake City.

Police Chief J.W. Grant, Bingham City Police Department; and Deputies Otto Witbeck, Nephi Jensen, Thomas Manderich, and J. Douglas Hulsey, Salt Lake County Sheriff Department, died Nov. 21, 1913. They were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a murder suspect, a minor believed to have killed another man during a dispute over a woman in a dance hall. The man escaped and ambushed the the lawmen pursuing him.

Patrolman Thomas F. Griffiths, Salt Lake City Police Department, died June 25, 1913, after being shot by a man he had arrested for slashing another man with a razor during an argument at a bar.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Elias Jackson, Carbon County Sheriff’s Department, died Feb. 6, 1911, as he he and other posse members attempted to break up a group of striking workers at a coal mine.

Sgt. John H. Johnston, Salt Lake City Police Department, died July 8, 1911, after being shot in the abdomen three days earlier while investigating a domestic disturbance at a hotel on West Temple Street.

Special officer Charles C. Riley, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Oct. 5, 1909, after being shot while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects who had stolen an overcoat from a juvenile.

Chief Deputy Seymore Legrande Clark, Weber County Sheriff’s Office, died on Nov. 27, 1908. Clark was shot when he and another deputy interrupted a burglary near some railroad tracks. The other deputy survived.

Officer Albert Holindrake, Park City Police Department, died Jan. 12, 1908, died of a gunshot wound when his service weapon discharged while he was examining it.

Patrolman Charles S. Ford, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Dec. 14, 1907, after being shot by suspects fleeing a bank robbery.

Frank TuckerOfficer Frank J. Tucker, Provo Police Department, died June 16, 1904, after being struck by a bullet after his service pistol fell to the floor.

Deputy Marshal Thomas Nalley, Scofield Marshal’s Office, died Oct. 14, 1902, from a gunshot wound to the back of the head after responding to a disturbance at a party.

Sheriff Jesse Tyler and Deputy Samuel Jenkins, Grand County Sheriff’s Department, were killed May 26, 1900, during a shootout with an outlaw known as the Kid Curry.

Officer William Strong, Provo Police Department, died June 26, 1899, after being shot by transients he was trying to arrest.

Captain William A. Brown, Ogden Police Department, died April 30, 1899, after being shot while assisting another agency search for robbery suspects.

Chief Silas E. Clark, Springville Police Department, died Nov. 22, 1897, after being accidentally shot by one of his officers while the two were examining their guns.

Constable Thomas Stagg, Echo Constable’s Office, was shot and killed on July 30, 1895, while they attempting to arrest two horse thieves.

Officer J.C. Morrissey, Bingham City Police Department, died July 6, 1895 of an arrest-related accidental shooting by another officer after three days on the job.

Sheriff James Christopher Burns, Sanpete County Sheriff’s Department, died Sept. 26, 1894, after being shot by sheep rustlers in the mountains above Spring City while returning the stolen sheep.

Sgt. Alonzo M. Wilson, Salt Lake City Police Department, died April 12, 1894, after being accidentally shot in the station house when another officer dropped his pistol, and it discharged.

Police Chief Andrew H. Burt, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Aug. 25, 1883, after being shot while investigating a man shooting a gun in a restaurant.

Officer Daniel Mahoney, Frisco Police Department, died Aug. 5, 1883. Mahoney was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three intoxicated men who had been firing their pistols into the air.

Warden Matthew B. Burgher, Utah Department of Corrections, died March 16, 1876. Burgher died two days after he was assaulted by a group of prisoners trying to escape the Utah Territorial Prison. The inmates hit Burgher repeatedly with a rock wrapped in a woolen sock.

Officer Albert H. Bowen, Provo Police Department, died Oct. 16, 1873, after being shot while trying to arrest a man who was waving a pistol in front of a saloon.

Officer Levi Washington Davis, Springville Police Department, died May 7, 1860 after he and a posse attempted to arrest a man wanted for stealing government livestock.

Officer William Cooke, Salt Lake City Police Department, died Oct. 18, 1858, after being shot while working as the night jailer at the Salt Lake City Jail. Two men entered the jail and demanded the release of a prisoner before shooting Cooke.

Rodney BadgerDeputy Sheriff Rodney Badger, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, died April 29, 1853. He drowned in the Weber River after managing to help save a mother and four of her six children who fell into the water when their wagon overturned.into the water when their wagon overturned.

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