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Centerville police officer dies from complications after motorcycle accident

By Carter Williams, | Updated - Oct 9th, 2018 @ 5:34pm | Posted - Oct 9th, 2018 @ 12:41pm

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UPDATE: Read’s funeral will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2887 W. 2700 South in Syracuse, police said in an emailed statement Wednesday.

A viewing is scheduled for 6-8 p.m Friday at the church. Another viewing is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Graveside services will take place after the funeral at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Boulevard in Ogden.

CENTERVILLE — A Centerville police officer died Tuesday from complications related to a motorcycle crash in Syracuse last month when he was off duty, authorities said.

Centerville police officer Jason Read, 40, died at a hospital, according to Centerville Police Lt. Zan Robison.

Read had suffered serious injuries after he was involved in a motorcycle crash while off duty on Sept. 23, according to Robison. Read was struck by a car while riding on Antelope Drive near 2200 West in Syracuse. He was taken by medical helicopter to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden and appeared to be recovering well before Tuesday, according to Robison.

Read joined the Centerville Police Department in 2005. He was serving as a police officer and field training officer at the time of his death, Robison said.

"Officer Read had an incredible memory for names, faces, license plate numbers and other important information that made him a very effective officer," according to a statement from the police department. "Officer Read was the recipient of many awards and decorations and was a positive influence in many lives of those he served in the community as a police officer."

Read also previously served as a K-9 officer for three years and had worked for the department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit during his tenure. He also received two lifesaving medals and a Medal of Valor during his time with the force, according to Robison.

"He was just an incredible cop," Robison said. "He was a dedicated officer to the community and the people that he served."

Read leaves behind a wife and three children. Funeral arrangements had not yet been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

Read is also the second Utah law enforcement official who has died from off-duty related incidents in the past few days. Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Locke died from injuries suffered in a utility task vehicle rollover in the Paradise Dry Canyon area in Cache County Saturday night.

Locke, who was also a Utah Peace Officers Association board member, served in the Cache County Sheriff's Office for 32 years.

Contributing: Mike Anderson, KSL TV


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