Anna, IL – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Corporal Jonathan “Jon” Utley died in an off-duty crash on Feb. 19.
The 26-year-old corporal was traveling westbound on Shiloh Road in Villa Ridge when his vehicle left the road at approximately 8:30 p.m., WSIL reported.
The vehicle slammed into a tree, gravely injuring Cpl. Utley.
He was rushed to Union County Hospital, where he passed away at 11:40 p.m., according to his obituary.
The exact cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation, The Southern Illinoisan reported.
Cpl. Utley served as a law enforcement officer and dispatcher for multiple departments in Williamson and Franklin counties prior to joining the PCSO, according to his obituary.
He was also a member of the Buckner Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) from 2011 until 2013.
“Jon was a member of our department before he found his true calling, and became heavily involved learning everything he could about law enforcement,” the BVFD said in a Facebook post. “Through the years he worked his way through the ranks and established himself as one of the definite ‘good guys.’”
The fire department described Cpl. Utley as “an amazing young man who could light up a room with his smile.”
“He was loving, caring, and definitely the hardest working guy in the room, no matter what he did,” the BVFD’s post read. “Your memory and spirit will live with all of us.”
Cpl. Utley leaves behind his son, Jase, as well as his parents, sisters, and grandparents, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his aunts, nephews, cousins, and many friends and extended family members.
“Our deepest thoughts and most sincere prayers are with Jon’s family, law enforcement family, and his son,” the BVFD said. “We love and miss you Jon. RIP Brother. We will take it from here.”
Cpl. Utley will be laid to rest Feb. 25.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Jonathan “Jon” Utley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.