Summit County Sheriff’s detective dies unexpectedly
Veteran Summit County Sheriff’s Office detective Sgt. Eric Redd unexpectedly died Monday from unknown health complications, days after visiting a doctor because he was not feeling well.
Redd, 49 and a Summit County resident, was found dead at his home, said Lt. Andrew Wright, of the Sheriff’s Office. Redd leaves behind a wife and four children.
“It is a great loss to our organization and it has been a very rough week for us,” Wright said. “It is very tragic. It has rocked his family and the entire Sheriff’s Office, as well as county employees.”
Redd had visited a doctor in the days leading up to his death after complaining of not feeling well, Wright said. His wife, who was out of town at the time of his death, contacted the Sheriff’s Office on Monday when she was unable to reach him.
“We went to check on him at his residence and found him in his bed,” Wright said. “It was like he had just gone to sleep and never woken up.”
Multiple agencies are assisting the Sheriff’s Office with an investigation into the cause of Redd’s death, Wright said.
“It’s just a super sad deal,” he said. “His wife had spoken to him late the night before and it’s devastating for her. She was actually a former employee of ours when she worked as a dispatcher.”
Redd joined the Summit County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 after working with the Park City and Vernal City police departments. He had nearly 25 years of law enforcement experience.
Redd was a member of the United States Air Force throughout his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, even taking a five-year leave of absence at one point to serve. He mainly worked patrol, but was promoted nearly two years ago to investigation’s supervisor as a sergeant.
“He was such a longtime employee, working with Park City as well,” Wright said. “A lot of people knew him and experienced his service he provided to our county and our country as a member of the Air Force.”
Wright said the circumstances surrounding Redd’s passing may make it even more difficult for his family when it comes to receiving insurance benefits because it was not considered a line-of-duty death. The Utah Fraternal Order of Police is accepting donations on behalf of Redd’s family. The link can be found at utahpolice.firstresponderprocessing.com.
“We’ve had a lot of support from other agencies, specifically the Utah Highway Patrol and Park City Police Department, to help make sure all of our office has the ability to attend his services this weekend,” he said. “We’ve also had a lot of support from agencies just reaching out. It’s nice to see how supportive the law enforcement community is. It truly is a family and the support from people within our own community has been phenomenal.”
Sheriff Justin Martinez said he has worked with Redd since he first joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2005. At one point, Redd was Martinez’s sergeant. He said Redd brought a significant level of leadership and experience to the office.
“His loss has created a big void that will be difficult to fill,” he said. “The entire Sheriff’s Office is grieving with his family. I mean, he was family to all of us.”
Details of services for Redd were not available.
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