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Governor Walz Orders Flags to Fly at Half Staff to Honor Burnsville Police Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, and Burnsville Firefighter Adam Finseth

Feb 19, 2024 08:49AM ● By Content Editor

Photo:  Paul Weaver

From the Office of Gov Walz - February 19, 2024

Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to fly at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota starting sunrise on Monday, February 19, 2024, to honor the lives of two police officers and a firefighter/paramedic who lost their lives in the line of duty. Burnsville Police Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, and Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth were among the team who responded to reports of a domestic situation reported in the early morning of February 18.

“We must never take for granted the bravery and sacrifices our first responders make each and every day,” said Governor Walz. “It is with deepest gratitude that the State of Minnesota recognizes Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, and Firefighter Adam Finseth for their dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, their fellow Minnesotans. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and community.”

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags.

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