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Published on February 24, 2024
Burnsville Officials Warn Against Scam Fundraisers, Urge Donations Through Verified Channel for Fallen HeroesSource: City of Burnsville

In response to the outpouring of grief and support following the tragic loss of three of Burnsville's finest, the community has rallied to aid the bereaved families. Recognizing the genuine desire to help, officials have issued a new statement underscoring that the only verified donation channel is through Law Enforcement Labor Services. Through this site, all donations are assured to reach the families of Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth, Officer Matthew Ruge, and Officer Paul Elmstrand directly. According to the official Burnsville statement, the community is warned to be vigilant against scam fundraisers exploiting the situation.

The city's statement also points out alternative ways to show support for those who cannot make a financial contribution. Among the options, a temporary memorial has been set up at Burnsville City Hall in honor of the fallen men, and residents can sign a book of support. Additionally, the community is encouraged to participate in prayers with local church groups or attend one of the many vigils and events listed on the city’s Calendar of Community Gatherings. This show of solidarity goes beyond monetary giving and speaks to the heart of what makes Burnsville strong.

For those looking to contribute in ways beyond cash donations, the city has outlined that non-monetary donations such as non-perishable food or gently used clothing are welcome at the Mission Outpost donation center. It's important to note that these donated items will benefit the wider Burnsville community, extending the impact of each goodwill gesture made in memory of the lost public servants.

Furthermore, Burnsville officials have highlighted other ways the public can get involved. Volunteering time and talents to aid others in the community is an opportunity for hands-on support and is detailed on the city’s Volunteer page. Additionally, the community is invited to come together once more to watch the live feed of the joint memorial service for Finseth, Ruge, and Elmstrand. The service is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at 11 a.m., with a live feed link being made available closer to the date. The Burnsville community, though stricken by loss, shows its resilience and unity through these collective actions of remembrance and support.