SEVIER COUNTY, Utah – The body of Sgt. Adrian Hillin, who worked for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, will be driven home Monday. The 44-year-old was killed in an accident in Alabama on February 10.
Adrian, his wife Kenzie, and youngest son Gunner were in Alabama to see his eldest son graduate from the Army Infantry.
“It’s the only place he wanted to be – there to see his son fulfill such admirations and achieve life goals,” said Jordan Hillin, Adrian’s brother.
Jordan said his brother was beyond proud and delighted to be there to watch his son, but after leaving the ceremony Adrian, Kenzie and Gunner were involved in a fatal accident.
“Just to be at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows on the same day is heartbreaking,” Jordan said.
The family say things were particularly difficult because the crash happened hundreds of miles from their home and there was little the family could do to get more information.
“We just got a call from a paramedic saying, ‘You know your family had an accident,’ and they couldn’t tell us anything, so it was really awful,” Jordan said.
Investigators told the family that a driver, traveling 65 miles per hour, ran a stop sign, crashing into Hillin’s car. Their car then crashed into a concrete building.
“At first they said there were no deaths. So we were like, OK, at least they’re alive. We’re hopeful that everything will be fine,” said Stefani Hillin, the Adrian’s sister-in-law.
That hope was shattered, however, when the family finally got more information. Adrian had died on the spot. Gunner was taken to a nearby hospital in Alabama, and Kenzie was airlifted to a Georgia hospital in critical condition and has yet to wake up from a coma.
“It’s going to be heartbreaking breaking the news to him, but we just have to take it day by day,” Stefani said.
Now the family spends their days remembering Adrian.
“He was the big brother who always protected me and watched over me,” Jordan said.
A trait that carried over into Adrian’s career and his passion for serving his community. All with a smile. And that’s what his brother thinks he’ll miss the most.
“His smile, his laugh – he was always smiling and laughing. He was one of those guys who never had a bad day.
Jordan says family and family in blue meant everything to Adrian.
His team will come to Salt Lake International Airport on Monday to escort his body to Richfield. Adrian’s father, brother and son will be able to get him off the plane.
A GoFundMe Page* was created to help Adrian’s children with expenses.
Adrian’s funeral will be held Saturday, February 26 at 11 a.m. in the Annabella Neighborhood Chapel.
Friends can call Magleby Mortuary in Richfield Friday 6-8 p.m. or Saturday Annabella Parish Chapel 9-10:30 a.m.
The live stream of the services and the online guestbook are available on the Magleby Mortuary website under Adrian’s obituary.
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