Philomath, OR – Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Brent Iverson died in a one-vehicle crash after suffering a suspected medical event on May 27.
The off-duty deputy was traveling home with his son at approximately 7:30 p.m. when the medical emergency struck, the BCSO said in a press release.
Their Ford pickup suddenly veered off of Fern Road and crashed as they neared Airport Avenue.
Benton County Undersheriff Greg Ridler said that the collision was not high-impact, and Deputy Iverson’s son did not suffer any injuries, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported.
Witnesses rushed in and began performing CPR immediately, but the 42-year-old deputy was unresponsive.
“There was probably a medical event before the crash,” Undersheriff Ridler confirmed.
The Oregon State Police are handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal collision.
Deputy Iverson was an 11-year veteran of the BCSO, where he served alongside his brother, BCSO Sergeant David Iverson, according to the department.
“No words could ever paint a true picture of Brent,” the BCSO said in a Facebook post on May 31. “His laugh was contagious. His radio voice will never be duplicated.”
The active hunter and fisherman had recently built his “dream home” with his longtime partner, Erin, according to a fundraising page established to help his young family in the wake of their loss.
Deputy Iverson also leaves behind his three children and his mother.
“He was fiercely proud of his family,” according to the fundraising page.
“He lost sleep caring for the people who needed him,” the BCSO said. “He fought like a warrior and stood up for what he thought was right regardless of the consequences.”
Deputy Iverson was widely known for being “a rock in hard times, stubborn as a mule, and always courageous,” according to the fundraising page.
The loss of the longtime deputy came as a huge blow to the department, which was still reeling from the death of BCSO Deputy Rick Fontaine.
Deputy Fontaine succumbed to an aggressive form of brain cancer one week earlier.
“We deal with death on a weekly basis sometimes,” Undersheriff Ridler told the Corvallis Gazette-Times, “but to lose two of our own in one week is pretty traumatic.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Benton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brent Iverson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.