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Retired sheriff’s lieutenant dies from injuries suffered in plane crash

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Lyle Berglund, second from left, hugs his wife, Kaila and daughter Lola, with their other daughter Ivory standing beside them, at the Intermountain Life Flight hangar in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. At right, Berglund’s brother, Brad Berglund, stands with his wife, Charisma, and their children, Quincey and Jayla. The Berglund brothers stopped their car to pull two men out of a plane after it crashed near the Legacy Parkway in Centerville on June 25. The plane’s owner, Andre Kostrzewa, was pronounced dead shortly after the crash while Jason Sorensen, a retired Davis County sheriff’s lieutenant and Life Flight pilot and hoist paramedic, succumbed to his injuries Tuesday.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

FARMINGTON — A recently retired Davis County sheriff’s lieutenant who was critically injured in a plane crash last week has died from his injuries.

The sheriff’s office on Monday announced Jason Sorensen, 47, who was also a pilot and a hoist paramedic for Intermountain Life Flight, passed away just after 9 p.m.


Retired Davis County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Sorensen died Monday night from injuries he sustained in a plane crash four days earlier.

Davis County Sheriff’s Office

“Unfortunately, the injuries and burns sustained in the crash were insurmountable and eventually claimed his life. Sorensen spent his life saving others and his efforts will continue after life, with the donation of his organs to others in need,” the sheriff’s office said in a prepared statement.

Sorensen is the second person who died as a result of a fiery plane crash near Centerville on Thursday. Sorensen and pilot Andrew Kostrzewa, 72, crashed shortly after takeoff en route to Ogden. Two people driving on the Legacy Parkway who saw the small plane go down pulled the men out of the burning wreckage.

“Davis County Sheriff’s Office is hurting today. Jason was universally loved. He had a huge impact on the lives of many people in Davis County and around the state. Jason was an important part of our sheriff’s office family and we truly mourn his loss. We send our love and comfort to his wife, children and family. We also express our gratitude for the compassionate care he has received from loved ones, medical professionals, and even strangers during his greatest time of need,” Sheriff Kelly Sparks said in a prepared statement.

Pamela Moore, executive director of Intermountain Life Flight, said Sorensen’s Life Flight family is also saddened by his loss.

“Jason was a terrific and dedicated paramedic, pilot and public servant, and an even better husband, father, friend, colleague and person. We will miss him terribly. Jason was a member of our Intermountain Life Flight team and family for 15 years.”

Funeral details for Sorensen had not been announced as of Tuesday. Donations to help pay for Sorensen’s funeral and support his family have been set up at America First Credit Union under the “Jason Sorensen Charitable Account #9116393,” and the Davis County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 6.