ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY -- Shock is rippling through the Isle of Wight Sheriff's department after an off-duty deputy was killed in a motorcycle accident on Walters Highway Sunday afternoon.
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office says Sgt. Jeffrey A. Storm, of Windsor, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Flags at the Sheriff's office are at half-mast Monday and a patrol car with a black ribbon draped over it has has been parked outside in tribute to Storm.
Isle of Wight Sheriff Mark Marshall says Storm's death has been especially traumatic for the first responders who were at the scene and a grief counselor has been brought in to help those individuals.
"It was obviously heart-wrenching for our deputies to arrive on scene and realize it was one of ours, one of our own," said Marshall.
State Police say Storm was driving a Yamaha VMX12 northbound on Route 258 when he lost control, ran off the road and was ejected. No other vehicles were involved. State Police are investigating the crash.
Storm’s co-workers describe him as a warm, upbeat person whose friendly personality will be missed.
"He was the eternal optimist. He was a ray of sunshine in a prevailing storm,” said Marshall. “He always came to the office with a smile on his face, he always left the office with a smile. He didn't have a harsh word to say to anyone, even when they deserved it."
Sgt. Storm joined the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy in 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in 2000. Most recently he was serving as an administrative sergeant and crime prevention specialist.
Funeral arrangements for Sgt. Jeffrey Storm:
Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, April 10, from 2 until 4 p.m. and from 6 until 8 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 1515 S. Church St., Smithfield.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 1 p.m. at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church at 3488 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk.
A private graveside burial is for the family only.