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Family remembers Vance County deputy

Posted April 29, 2009
Updated April 30, 2009

— The family of a Vance County sheriff’s deputy killed while on duty said Wednesday he died doing what he loved.

Deputy Brandon Scott Coker, 26, died Saturday in a single-vehicle crash north of Henderson while attempting to stop a reported reckless driver, said Vance County Sheriff Peter White. Investigators don't have any leads toward tracking down the driver Coker was pursuing.

“He loved what he did. He looked forward to getting up and going to work. He looked forward to helping anybody that needed help,” Coker’s mother Lynne Tuck said.

Coker’s wife, Morgan, recalled his repeated ironing each morning to make his uniform perfect.

Brandon Scott Coker killed in pursuit of a reckless driver in va Vance County deputy remembered for service

Coker crashed into a cedar tree after losing control of his cruiser. Witnesses said he died instantly.

“I’ve been trying to understand why he had to die so young,” Tuck said.

A deputy for a little more than two years, Coker had previously spent time as an Army paratrooper at Fort Bragg

On Wednesday, members of the sheriff’s office visited Coker's family in Granville County.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1104 Milton Road in Durham.

Coker will be buried at Carolina Memorial Gardens, 102 Moss Road in Creedmoor.

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  • lilbittyt13 Apr 30, 2009

    my thoughts & prayers are with his family and his police family . it is unfortunate that in most cases the person causing the trouble is the one who does not get hurt (such as drunk drivers) .
    when i make my way to the NLEOM in DC next year , I will be sure to mark this officers name with a rose as I do for all the officers from NC .

  • GodBless Apr 29, 2009

    Such a waste...I hope the speeder/reckless driver has many sleepless nights.

    Rest in Peace Brandon and May God be with your family and friends during this difficult time.

  • cth1 Apr 29, 2009

    Unfortunately... they didn't catch the speeder. So sad!! My thoughts and prayers are with the family!!

  • Bon Viveur Apr 29, 2009

    I wonder if they caught the speeder?