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Published on February 26, 2024
Burnsville Community Pays Tribute to Beloved Officer Paul ElmstrandSource: City of Burnsville

The Burnsville community is mourning the loss of one of its own, Officer Paul Elmstrand, who passed away recently. In a public statement released by the city of Burnsville, Cindy Elmstrand-Castruita, the wife of the late officer, shared her profound grief and remembered her husband as a selfless individual who devoted his life to his work, his family, and anyone in need.

With a heavy heart, Cindy described Paul as an "amazing husband, father, son, and friend to many." She memorialized him as someone with an incomparable zest for life and a giving spirit. "He loved to laugh and loved to play," she mentioned in the statement. His dedication wasn't confined to his private sphere, as he was known for his community service, "He had a servant’s heart and would drop everything to help someone who was in need, whether it be family, friend, or someone on the street," his wife added.

Officer Elmstrand was not only admired for his generosity and patience but he was also appreciated for his humility and work ethic. His wife recollected how he maintained a modest personal life, "He wore the same pair of pants and the most basic clothes so that he could spoil me and our children." Elmstrand upheld a strong commitment to his profession, developing deep connections with his colleagues in law enforcement. However, Cindy Elmstrand-Castruita underscored that family always took precedence for Paul.

His ethos derived from a place of faith, with his wife recalling, "He had an inner confidence that was anchored in his faith in Jesus Christ." This faith was a cornerstone that seemed to guide his life’s principles and actions, giving him the strength to serve with dedication both on the job and at home. Officer Elmstrand’s passing is felt deeply by many, his presence a testament to a life lived in the service of others, marked by the countless relationships forged through small acts of kindness and sacrifice.