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Hundreds pay tribute to former Davis County deputy who died after plane crashed in Centerville

Jason Sorensen
Posted at 12:38 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 17:34:27-04

LAYTON, Utah — Friends, family members, first responders and even strangers across Utah came together Wednesday to honor and say goodbye to Lt. Jason Sorensen. The former Davis County Deputy, paramedic and Life Flight pilot died from injuries sustained during a plane crash in Centerville. The crash also claimed the life of the pilot, Andre Kostrzewa. Two bypassers who came to Kostrzewa's and Sorensen's aid suffered burn injuries.

Sorensen impacted many people’s lives, Sheriff Kelly V. Sparks said.

“In addition to the great work that he did and the number of lives that he saved in his career, I think that was Jason’s magic is that he just had the ability to draw people in,” he said.

It was a memorial for a hero, family friend Anne Olsen said.

“I don’t think many of us knew truly what an amazing person Jason was, or what he did for this community,” she said.

Following the funeral services, a procession began for Sorensen lasting many miles with volunteers from Follow The Flag- North Ogden holding flags in his honor, as first responders brought him to the cemetery where he was buried. There was also a 21-gun salute and fly over as he was buried.

“It was a great tribute to Jason to have so many police departments, fire departments, the sheriff’s office, life flight and air med all joining to pay tribute to Jason,” Sheriff Sparks said.

It was a beautiful tribute, Olsen said.

“Today has been a beautiful, emotional, memorable day,” she said.