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Family remembers Vance County deputy

Posted April 29, 2009 3:48 p.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2009 1:58 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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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