A sergeant with the Forest Lake Police Department died Saturday night in a utility-terrain vehicle accident in Burnett County, Wis.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you that Forest Lake Police Department Sergeant Kurt Kovars died from an accident while operating a UTV while touring his cabin and property in Wisconsin over the weekend,” Forest Lake officials wrote in a Facebook post. “Our condolences and prayers are with his family.”
Kovars, 42, was a 14-year veteran of the department. Before joining the Forest Lake Police Department, he worked at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Annadale Police Department.
According to the Burnett County, Wis., Sheriff’s Office, the deputy responded to a fire call in a 2021 Honda UTV in a ditch on Tower Road in Swiss Town, Wis., at approximately 8:50 p.m. Saturday night.
A spokesman for the department said the man’s name was not released until the dental records were confirmed.
According to a news release from the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office, “the vehicle appears to have lost control while heading north and hit several trees on the driver’s side before it caught fire.”
The loner was pronounced dead at the scene by the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s office; A preliminary autopsy report revealed that the occupant had died before the UTV caught fire, the release said.
The Danbury Fire Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, St. Croix Tribal Police, Webster Police and North Ambulance assisted with the call.
“We would like to thank the many citizens who detected and assisted in the accident, as well as all designated response agencies,” the release said.
Kovars was featured in a 2017 article in Pioneer Press. The article was titled “I’m Trying to Draw a Helicopter… Trying to Take Off at the Airport.”