SALT LAKE CITY — The Unified Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their former officers who died Monday after a lengthy battle with COVID-19.
Hugh Bennett was hospitalized for more than 30 days and had to be resuscitated once before being placed on a ventilator.
“I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family of retired Officer Bennett. Hugh had a long and distinguished career and will be greatly missed,” said Sheriff Rosie Rivera.
According to a Facebook post from the UPD, Bennett started his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office before joining the UPD in 2010.
Bennett received the Honorary Colonels Superior Fitness Award, Division Commanders Award, Distinguished Unit Citation, and Team Citation during his 30-year career.
While with the UPD, Bennett worked the South Patrol Division, Auto Theft Unit, Cottonwood Heights, Civil Division, and Special Operations Division.
Bennett retired in Aug. 2015.