Utah DWR officer killed in off-duty car accident in Wyoming

Sep 30 2013 - 6:12pm

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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sgt. Keith Fullenkamp died Sept. 24 near Baggs, Wyo., when a semitrailer veered into his lane and hit his pick-up truck head-on.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sgt. Keith Fullenkamp died Sept. 24 near Baggs, Wyo., when a semitrailer veered into his lane and hit his pick-up truck head-on.

Colleagues and loved ones of a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sergeant are in mourning after the sergeant was killed Tuesday in a car accident near Baggs, Wyo.

Keith Fullenkamp, 37, had been on his way back from a family hunting trip in Colorado when the accident happened, according to a statement from Greg Sheehan, DWR director. Agency officials say a semitrailer veered into his lane and struck his pickup head-on north of Baggs, on Wyoming Route 789.

The semitrailer burst into flames and caused a four-hour road closure. The 54-year-old truck driver was taken to a hospital in Craig, Colo.

Wyoming troopers were investigating why the semitrailer crossed the median.

DWR law enforcement chief Tony Wood said Fullenkamp was a Weber County resident who joined the wildlife agency in 2005 and was promoted to sergeant in 2010. He supervised several other conservation officers and worked actively with waterfowl organizations to promote youth hunting opportunities.

"Today will be counted among the darkest of our careers, but we must move forward in a way that honors Keith's memory and his service to the people of Utah," Sheehan's statement read.

"For those of you who knew Kei th you know that he was a great friend to all. For now, our focus and priority must be in ensuring the Fullenkamp family receive the care, support, and resources to get them through the coming days and weeks."

According to the statement, Fullenkamp leaves behind a wife, Tanna, who works for Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and a 1-year-old son.

Contact reporter Bubba Brown at 801-625-4221 or bbrown@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BubbaBrownSE.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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