BOUNTIFUL – Keith Beal has years of experience under his belt as one of Bountiful’s hardest-working cops; so many years, he’s decided to hang up his gun holster and retire.
Beal is a second-generation Bountiful PD, having joined the force 32 years ago to work alongside his dad Ira Beal, who retired as a sergeant in 1996 after 22 years on the job.
His fellow officers will miss Beal.
“Keith is truly one of the most decent people I know,” says Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross. “It’s hard to see him put the badge away.”
Ross added, “I wasn’t looking forward to this day.”
On Thursday, June 26th, Beal and his fellow officers (including some from surrounding Davis County agencies) gathered inside the Bountiful Police station to honor him.
Beal retires as a corporal, and is regarded as BPD’s ‘workhorse,’ serving in several capacities – including training, dispatch and as a detective.
Reflecting on the cases he’s worked over three decades, Beal says the most rewarding part of his time on the force was the recognition he felt as he was promoted through the ranks.
His worst memories involve the senseless deaths he’s investigated, especially ones involving children.
His wife Beverly says she will not miss the shift work and long hours.
“It’s time for Keith to play for a while,” she said. “I’ve got a few odds and ends for him to do anyway.”
But Beverly says she will miss Keith’s selfless service to so many people, and the way he has mentored so many of his fellow officers.
Keith’s dad Ira had a little advice for his son.
“Keep busy,” he said. “Don’t just go home and drop on the couch.”