Remembering Former Chief Steve Stoks

Updated: May 15, 2019 06:47 PM

During National Police Week, the East Range has been shaken with the sudden loss of a former chief.

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Steve Stoks, 61, died on Monday during an accident with a garbage truck. He was the combined police and fire chief for Hoyt Lakes for 30 years. "That's a lot of service," shared his friend and former co-worker, Chief Tim Soular. 

Soular leads the East Range Police Department, which formed in 2015, and serves Hoyt Lakes and Aurora. He acknowledged the situation has been very difficult. But he spoke to us, to honor his friend.

"If anybody knew Steve, they knew he was a hard worker. He didn't have to work. He chose to do it," Soular added. "He'd be up early in that truck, and home with his family by 10 or 11am each day."

He said that Stoks leaves behind three grown sons and a wife.

The funeral is Friday.

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