MENDON — Family, friends and fellow law enforcement personnel gathered to pay respects and remember Lt. Brian Locke Saturday, as a dispatch operator called out the 32 year veteran’s radio call-sign one last time. The 56-year-old North Logan man died October 7 in a UTV accident while off-duty.
Dispatch operator: “Delta-Three, Cache…Delta-Three, Cache. All units be advised, on 10-7-2018, Lieutenant Brian Locke was involved in a tragic accident and passed away. He honorably served the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of this valley for 32-years. Brian was a true friend and mentor to many. His dedication, passion and service to others will always be remembered.”
The “End of Watch” call out occurred during the conclusion of the graveside service for Locke at the Mendon Cemetery.
Dispatch operator: “Brian, you will be missed by many. May god bless your precious family and may you rest in peace. Cache County Deputy Sheriff Brian Locke is now 10-7. Cache clear.”
Earlier during the funeral service, Barry Locke described his brother as a “gentle giant” and “present father,” who was always involved with his family, and loved to play practical jokes. He shared how Brian gained a love of farming and caring for animals, when their family moved to Mendon, while the children were growing up.
Locke’s two daughters told how their father loved volunteering to go to girls camps. They shared memories of going on “ride-alongs” with him, while he served as a patrol deputy. They said, he always stood up for people who couldn’t defend themselves.
Former sheriff Lynn Nelson described his co-worker as a man who had respect for god, family and his country. He spoke about Brian’s empathy, especially for victims that he worked with while in law enforcement. He said, “[Brian] had a heart bigger than the man you saw.”
Following the service, law enforcement led the hearse to the cemetery, through streets lined with flags. Many local residents were seen standing along the route, paying their respects.
On October 6, a fellow deputy located Locke pinned under a UTV at Cold Water Ranch, east of Paradise. He had reportedly been stuck for more than nine-hours, after rolling the side-by-side vehicle fifty-yards down a hill.
Search and rescue teams and medical crews were dispatched to the accident. They were able to free Locke and began providing first aid. They transported him to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash.
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.