(KUTV)- He's the newest member of the Kaysville police department, and the most seriously hurt, after trying to subdue a suicidal man who had drenched himself in gasoline and held a lighter.
"He's got significant burns on arms, both legs, back," Kaysville Chief Sol Oberg, who visited the officer in the University Hospital burn unit on Friday, said. "He's determined to get through this. He's a fighter."
Oberg would not identify the officers involved in the Kaysville incident; but the chief said the hospitalized policeman is a young, two-year officer, with just three months on the Kaysville department.
"He's a very optimistic, driven young man," Oberg said, who expressed pride in his force, including the most severely burned.
"Just told him that I'd be visiting him every day, and to get used to seeing my ugly mug," the chief said. "He feels like a brother or a son to me."
The officer, who is married, may remain in the hospital for another two weeks.
Police did release the name of the man they said had the lighter, Tyler Ivison, 26. He is reported to be in critical condition.
Investigators have not determined the reason for the gas station crisis, but the chief suspected someone knew Ivison was in distress, and Oberg seemed to lament police were unaware until moments before the flashpoint on Thursday.