May 28, 2020
Today, Utah Attorney General Reyes released the following statement upon hearing of the passing of the Ogden Police officer who was killed in the line of duty:
“This is the worst news possible. I am heartbroken to learn of the Ogden Police officer who was killed in the line of duty while answering a domestic violence call today. His wife and family received the phone call today no law enforcement family member ever wants to get.
“My agency and I send all of our prayers and love to the officer’s family and to Chief Randy Watt and the entire Ogden City Police Department. We also pray for the rapid recovery of the Adult Probation and Parole agent who was also shot in the same incident. This is a humbling reminder of the risks and sacrifice our officers face every single day on the job. I am filled with gratitude to all those men and women in law enforcement who are answering calls even under the added duress of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“I know our Utah 1033 Foundation is activated and we will be ready to support and help the family financially immediately. Other great organizations like FOP are mobilized to assist the family as well.”
May 22, 2020
Attorney General Sean D. Reyes released the following statement on the passing of Coach Jerry Sloan:
“Today, I join the many Utah Jazz and NBA fans around the world in mourning the loss of Coach Jerry Sloan. He was a tough, no-nonsense All-Star player and Hall of Fame coach who demanded the highest level of excellence and hard work from himself, his staff and players. On a personal level, I enjoyed our interactions very much. Coach was a man of no pretense. He was always himself and those around him were better for it. He took time to talk to me about life, tractors (he had dozens of them) and sports in spite of the fact I grew up as a kid in the rival Lakers organization.
“The leadership and consistency he provided to the Jazz organization over decades as its coach are unparalleled and he will always be remembered for the Jazz’s most successful years to date. Because he was not self-promoting, many Jazz fans don’t realize the elite company he keeps among the Mount Rushmore of NBA coaches.
“Some of his most impressive accomplishments include: A career regular-season win-loss record of 1,223-803, placing him third all-time in NBA wins at the time he retired. Coach Sloan was only the fifth coach in NBA History to reach 1,000 victories and is one of two coaches in NBA History to record 1,000 wins with one club. He also coached for one team longer than anyone in NBA history. He coached the Jazz to 15 consecutive playoff appearances from 1989-2003-one of only four coaches in NBA history with 15-plus consecutive seasons with a winning record (Greg Popovich, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson are the others). He, of course, led the Utah Jazz to NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998 and was deserving of multiple Coach of the Year awards (in my book).
“In his later years, Coach fought Parkinson’s disease and dementia the way he fought through a screen or for a rebound–with determination and unapologetically. Saysha and I offer our condolences to his family and close friends, to the Utah Jazz organization and to Jazz fans everywhere.”
July 18, 2019
The American flag is flying at half-staff across the State
of Utah to honor the life and service of Sergeant First Class Elliott Jerome
Robbins. Sgt. Robbins died in service to our nation in Afghanistan on June 30,
2019 and is being laid to rest in the Ben Lomond Cemetery in North Ogden. Attorney
General Sean D. Reyes issued the following statement:
“The AG’s Office joins fellow Utahns in mourning the loss of Sergeant First Class Robbins and honoring his ultimate sacrifice. A patriot to the end, he will be remembered for the many lives he saved as a Green Beret and decorated medic overseas on multiple deployments.
“My wife Saysha, who is from North Ogden, and I send our deepest condolences to his loved ones, his wife and his baby boy during this time of mourning and indescribable loss. May God bless his family and our nation he so valiantly served.”
Sgt. 1st Class Robbins’ funeral will take place at St. James Catholic Church and a burial with military honors will follow at Ben Lomond Cemetery. The services are open to the public.