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Utah officer in surgery after crash

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  1. kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 88K+Poster

    By Ben Winslow
    Deseret News

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah — A North Salt Lake police officer is undergoing surgery after crashing his car on wet roads here during a high speed chase.
    It happened about 4 a.m. Monday when police said a Bountiful police officer was on patrol, driving through the parking lot a Smith's grocery store at 2399 S. Main.
    "He sees a guy in a vehicle acting suspicious," Bountiful Police Lt. Randy Pickett said. "He ran the plate and it said the car was stolen out of Salt Lake County."
    As the officer was waiting for backup, the suspect took off and led police on a chase on I-15. Police from North Salt Lake, Woods Cross and other agencies joined in. As they approached U.S. 89 and 2300 South in Bountiful, Pickett said the North Salt Lake officer lost control of his police cruiser on wet roads from recent rain storms.
    "He hit a really big sign with a cement base. He hit that concrete base. He hit that and hit it hard," Pickett said. "I don't know how fast they were going but it was high speeds."
    The officer was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray where he is undergoing surgery with severe brain injuries.
    "Right now they're just trying to keep him alive," Pickett said.
    The chase continued on I-15 to about 900 West in Salt Lake City, where the suspect rolled the car he was in. He was taken to University Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
    North Salt Lake police refused to comment on the chase and declined to release the name of the officer. The suspect in the chase was identified as William Fisher, 30, who had three warrants for his arrest involving stolen vehicles and property.
    Bountiful police said they would turn Fisher over to state corrections officials once he is released from the hospital. Fisher is on probation, Pickett said.

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  2. kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 88K+Poster

    Utah officer injured in crash still in critical condition

    By Ben Winslow
    Deseret Morning News
    NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — A police officer injured after crashing his car on wet roads during a police pursuit remains hospitalized in critical condition.
    "He's still critical and they're still working on trying to stabilize his head injury," North Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam said Tuesday.
    Officer Charlie Skinner, 30, suffered severe head injuries while pursuing a suspected car thief during a chase on Monday in Bountiful. Police said Skinner's patrol car slid on rain-soaked roads and slammed into the concrete base of a restaurant sign.
    The man police officers were pursuing later rolled his vehicle in Salt Lake City. He was not seriously injured and is in the custody of state corrections officers for a series of warrants and a probation violation.
    An account to help Skinner's family with medical and other costs has been sent up at Zions Bank in the officer's name, Gwilliam said.

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  3. Inspector Subscribing Member

    A North Salt Lake City police officer critically injured during a chase this week has died, the department and his family announced Saturday.
    Charles Skinner, 30, suffered head injuries when his police cruiser skidded on a rain-slickened road and spun into a business sign while pursuing an alleged car thief at about 4 a.m. Monday.
    Despite undergoing surgery, Skinner did not regain consciousness and was taken off life support Friday evening, North Salt Lake Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam said. Funeral arrangements are pending.
    Four weeks before his death, Skinner became a father of twins, a boy and a girl, and had recently bought a house with his wife Kaitlyn. "He felt like he had the perfect life," said his father-in-law Gary Koehn, who is a Bountiful Police sergeant. When his daughter first brought Skinner home to meet her family, he was difficult to get to know because he was so quiet. But he blossomed after becoming a North Salt Lake police officer in May.
    "The simple task of putting on his uniform made him happy every day," Koehn said. Skinner grew up in South Salt Lake and had served in the Salt Lake City Police department for about a year before moving north.
    He was "ecstatic" about being a first-time father, Koehn said. When his newborn daughter came down with a respiratory problem, Skinner insisted onn staying in the nursery with her so she wouldn't be alone.
    "His children will always know their dad was a great man, respected police officer and a hero," said Koehn, his voice breaking with emotion.
    Skinner was the first North Salt Lake Police officer to die on the job, Gwilliam said, and the loss has been painful for the department.
    "It tears us apart that we have to go on," he said, knowing one of their own "gave the ultimate sacrifice for his community."
    Gwilliam remembered that when Skinner was issued his equipment for the first time, he asked if he could drive his police car out to show his family.
    "He was so proud to say, 'This is a police car, and it's mine," he said. "'This is what I get to drive.'"
    The alleged car thief, meanwhile, was identified as 30-year-old William Fisher of Salt Lake City. He rolled his car and suffered minor injuries as he tried to exit Interstate 15 during the pursuit. The case is being reviewed to decide if charges related to Skinner's death will be filed, Gwilliam said.
    Donations to Skinner's children can be made at an account in his name at Zions Bank.
    SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
  4. mtc High Priestess

    Rest in peace Officer Skinner
  5. Mass MassCops Member

    RIP Officer Charles Skinner. My prayers go out to his family.
  6. kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 88K+Poster

    Utah Officer Injured in Pursuit Dies

    November 10th, 2008 09:20 AM EDT

    LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    The Salt Lake Tribune

    A North Salt Lake City police officer and father of newborn twins has died as a result of injuries from a crash during an auto chase, the department and his family announced Saturday.
    Charles Skinner, 30, suffered head injuries when his police cruiser skidded on a rain-slick road and spun into a business sign while pursuing an alleged car thief about 4 a.m. Monday.
    Despite undergoing surgery, Skinner did not regain consciousness and was taken off life support Friday evening, North Salt Lake Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam said.
    Four weeks before his death, Skinner became a father of twins, a boy and a girl, and had recently bought a house with his wife Kaitlyn.
    "He felt like he had the perfect life," said his father-in-law Gary Koehn, who is a Bountiful Police sergeant. When his daughter first brought Skinner home to meet her family, he was difficult to get to know because he was so quiet. But he blossomed after becoming a North Salt Lake police officer in May. "The simple task of putting on his uniform made him happy every day," Koehn said.
    Skinner grew up in South Salt Lake and had served in the Salt Lake City Police department for about a year before moving north.
    He was "ecstatic" about being a first-time father, Koehn said. When his newborn daughter came down with a respiratory problem, Skinner insisted on staying in the nursery with her so she wouldn't be alone.
    "His children will always know their dad was a great man, respected police officer and a hero," said Koehn, his voice breaking with emotion.
    Skinner was the first North Salt Lake Police officer to die on the job, Gwilliam said, and the loss has been painful for the department.
    "It tears us apart that we have to go on," he said, knowing one of their own "gave the ultimate sacrifice for his community."
    Gwilliam remembered that when Skinner was issued his equipment for the first time, he asked if he could drive his police car out to show his family.
    "He was so proud to say, 'This is a police car, and it's mine," he said. "'This is what I get to drive.'"
    The alleged car thief, meanwhile, was identified as 30-year-old William Fisher of Salt Lake City. He rolled his car and suffered minor injuries as he tried to exit Interstate 15 during the pursuit. The case is being reviewed to decide if charges related to Skinner's death will be filed, Gwilliam said.


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  7. Tango Subscribing Member

    "father of newborn twins "....this gets me everytime RIP:(
  8. kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 88K+Poster

    Utah police to honor fallen officer today

    By Ethan Thomas
    Deseret Morning News

    NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Today, some of them will sit in silence astride their motorcycles. Others will stand at attention, a steady hand in salute. There will be men and women, veterans and rookies -- all united in the black band of grief they wear across their badge.
    It will be hard, but it will be for Charlie, one of their own -- a father of newborn twins who died too soon after a crash in his patrol car on a rain-slicked street.
    Hundreds of law enforcement officers are expected to participate today in the pageantry of one of the most solemn events a community can witness -- a funeral for an officer who dies in the line of duty.
    "The way the other officers and I feel about it is that nothing less than perfect or beyond perfect will do to honor Charlie and the work he did," North Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam said. "We have a common goal and it's the reason we are all here. So honoring the man that would give his life for that is very important to us."
    Charlie Skinner, 30, died last week from injuries resulting from a car crash on wet roads while in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. He'd been with North Salt Lake less than a year and had also worked for Salt Lake Police Department.
    Since his death, his fellow officers have been putting together all their resources to give him a full police honor funeral.
    "It has been overwhelming to see the amount of support sent from all over state and even from out of state," Gwilliam said. "Many have been offering assistance and letting us know they would be here to support Charlie and his family. It sounds to me that officers will be coming from all over the country."
    The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bountiful-Woods Cross Regional Center, 835 N. 400 East, North Salt Lake. A full police honor procession will then carry Skinner's casket from the funeral to the Bountiful cemetery for the graveside service.
    A contingent of officers will assist in the services in all manner of ways. Saratoga Springs Police Cpl. Aaron Rosen will be playing the organ at the funeral. While Rosen attended some training with Skinner, he admits he didn't know him very well.
    For Rosen, like the hundreds who will attend, it doesn't matter. The bond stretches beyond that.
    "It is the fact of knowing that we all have a common goals of serving the citizens of Utah," Rosen said.
    "Some officers offer to help in honor guards, doing the 21-gun salute, playing taps, playing bagpipes and others offer to do flyovers," Rosen said. "You have officers who are specialized in various areas that want to do what they can to help remember officers like Charlie Skinner and their families."
    Rosen, until last week, was vice president of the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial's board, which worked to raise more than $1 million to erect a memorial to Utah's fallen officers in September at the state Capitol. They'll return their in May for another ceremony, to add another name.

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