BOUNTIFUL — One Davis County sheriff’s deputy does not believe any job related to protecting and serving the county’s residents is too small, including killing a spider.
The spider standoff began when Davis County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Passmore was flagged down Friday evening by a woman at the Exxon station at 400 N. 500 West in Bountiful.
According to Passmore’s police report, the woman “asked if I could help her, and I, of course, responded in the positive.”
Passmore said in a telephone interview with the Standard-Examiner that the woman was in her late 20s or early 30s and “had a panicked look on her face. I think I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
Passmore wrote: “She required assistance in dispatching a rogue arachnid that was traveling with her in her vehicle. She pointed out the location of the said arachnid, and in a quick and humane manner, I ended the life of the creature.”
Passmore said he used a 2-inch-by-2-inch piece of gauze he had in his truck and “squashed the spider.”
Passmore then writes: “After a brief moment of quiet reflection, I respectfully disposed of the remains of the noble spider in an appropriate container. I received many thanks and praise from (the woman) for my gallantry in coming to her aid and returned to my duties at hand in serving and protecting the citizens of Davis County.”
He added: “Case closed. No further actions needed.”
Passmore, who has been with the sheriff’s office for four years, said this was the first spider he has killed while on duty.
He had just switched to the night shift, and he said, “things were dragging, so I wrote the report to give my supervisor something to laugh about.”
Most of the time, spider removals are left to the residents.