After a sheriff's office patrol car spun and hit a steel sign pole on the side of the interstate in 2006, the dispatch center began to light up with calls from passersby.
Yellowstone County Deputy David Briese died in that crash. Ten years later, his family and friends gathered at the site of the crash just off Interstate 90 to remember him.
Briese died at about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2006, in a single-car wreck on I-90 near the City Center interchange. Briese, a five-year veteran of the office, was on his way to help a fellow deputy with a DUI stop when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a steel sign pole.
By the time Lt. Kent O'Donnell arrived on scene, Briese was already out of his vehicle and on the grass. It seemed like it took forever for an ambulance to arrive, O'Donnell said.
"I could tell looking at him he was hurt bad," O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell was Briese's sergeant for about two years before the crash. The weekend night shift was a close-knit group who had gotten hired at about the same time. Briese's death was a gut punch for all of them.
Briese's two sons, Justin and Josh Briese, were only 6 and 7 at the time. Justin plans to study engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, while Josh is in his first year of high school.
His father was like a big silverback gorilla, Justin said. He remembered how fast his father would drive and how he would let his son draw lipstick on the back of his head.
Briese was a massive person, but his personality never matched his size, O'Donnell said.
"He was like a real-life cartoon character," O'Donnell said.
After his death, inmates who had known Briese as a guard at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility described him as the nicest jailer they ever had, O'Donnell said.
In remembrance of her husband, Erene Briese told the crowd she wished no one would have to suffer the loss she had. No one should have to dream of a chance for one more day with a loved one, she said.
County Commissioner John Ostlund, a friend of Briese's family, also attended the memorial.