Detective Orr Remembered 10 Years Later

Today marks 10 years since Uintah County Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Orr lost his life in a helicopter crash during a search and rescue mission. Community members gathered on Saturday to remember this great man’s life with his family. Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton spoke during the memorial service, retiring Detective Orr’s call number Sierra 7 and his badge number 223. “No other person can use them and those numbers will remain Kevin’s,” shared Sheriff Norton. “Kevin’s name will remain on [the Sheriff’s Office] roster so we never forget him for the sacrifice he made to help others and to always show respect to the Orr family.” Commissioner Mike McKee also spoke about Kevin Orr saying that he was a family man and that the rural lifestyle fit him well. Kevin’s wife Holly spoke about the kind of husband and father he was, emphasizing the precious final memories the family shared before that tragic day in 2006. Finally, Kevin’s oldest daughter Jessica shared memories of her father and how his legacy of love and making family number one will live on in his children.  

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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.