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Friends remember Sgt. Lessley

SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah County Sheriff's Office is coping with the loss of one of its own.
SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah County Sheriff's Office is coping with the loss of one of its own.

Sgt. Jay Lessley died Friday when a test run in an airplane went terribly wrong.

"There is a man who is never coming home again, a wife who won't be able to put her arms around her husband," says friend and co-worker, Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

Responding to tragedy and notifying family members is part of the job, but it's never easy, especially when it's a personal friend.

"When you find out it's somebody you knew very well it starts to hit a little bit harder," says Cannon.

It was Lessley’s day off and he was test flying a rare plane when he reportedly deviated from the plan and nose dived into a farmer’s field, he was only 40 years old.

"Jay's a fantastic pilot, very competent, very by the book," says friend and part owner of Sky-Craft Airplanes, Tyler Ives.

His competence went beyond the skies, Sgt. Lessley wore many hats and was example of what it means to wear the badge.

"If I ever needed a little brushing up on one of these topics, I’d find out where he was working and watch him, because he does it exactly the same every time and he does it exactly right," says Cannon.

An approach that will be missed at work, at home and in the community.

"He was a good friend of mine. He was an excellent individual, very professional, very calculated and a lot of us at Sky-Craft knew him well, we're really going to miss him," says Ives.

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