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Published on February 22, 2024
Burnsville to Hold Public Memorial for Three Fallen Heroes: Honoring the Legacies of Officers Elmstrand, Ruge, and Firefighter/Paramedic FinsethSource: City of Burnsville

The city of Burnsville is preparing to pay its final respects to three of its finest. As reported by the Burnsville community's official announcement, fallen Police Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, along with Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth, who all tragically lost their lives in the line of duty on February 18th, will be honored in a public memorial service later this month.

Under the somber shadow of this great loss, the joint service is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Grace Church, located at 9301 Eden Prairie Rd, Eden Prairie, according to the city's notification. Hailed by colleagues as heroes, the three men served their community with dedication, their memories are now enshrined in the heavy hearts of the Burnsville residents they vowed to protect.

While an entire community grieves, details regarding the upcoming service are said to be forthcoming early next week. Burnsville officials have urged the public to stay tuned for updates on ceremony specifics and called on the community to come together in solidarity during this difficult time. Ways to support, including donation opportunities, will also be made public to aid the families and honor the legacy of their loved one’s service and sacrifice.

These men, united by a common thread of service above self, leave behind a legacy that will long resonate within the community they served. Their passing reminds us all of the inherent danger in the jobs of those who work each day for the safety of others. The public can find information about the memorial services, donation opportunities, and other related details on the city's website, ensuring they can bear witness and pay homage to the memory of Officer Elmstrand, Officer Ruge, and Firefighter/Paramedic Finseth.