Fallen Officer Remembered: Chief Cecil F. Gurr

Never Forgotten. Local agencies and individuals have taken to social media over the last week to remember one of the Uintah Basin’s fallen officers. Roosevelt Police Department’s Chief Cecil F. Gurr was killed on July 6th, 2001 while responding to a call at a convenience store in Ballard on a report of a man attempting to force a female acquaintance into a pickup. “The suspect fired upon the officers with an assault rifle. Chief Gurr was returning fire when struck in the head and instantly killed. The suspect then forced the woman to drive away. A few blocks from the scene the woman managed to throw the rifle from the truck. The vehicle was then boxed in and the unarmed suspect subdued by officers. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.” Chief Gurr is missed every day by his family and friends. He is buried in Roosevelt Memorial Park. 

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.