Mighty Blog

Mourning the loss of first responders in Burnsville

First responders choose to spend their lives saving others. We mourn the three heroes recently shot and killed in Burnsville, grieve with their families, and honor their service.

Police Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, and Firefighter Adam Finseth, lost their lives on Sunday while selflessly working to keep others safe. Our community is now without three people who cannot be replaced. But we will remember them and their commitment to those around them.

Finally, we hurt for the children. Those who lost their fathers. And those Elmstrand, Ruge and Finseth were trying to protect; seven siblings caught up in another terrifying episode of gun violence.

Our deepest condolences,

Marc Gorelick, MD
President, chief executive officer

James Burroughs
Senior vice president, government and community relations, chief equity and inclusion officer

Laurin Cathey
Senior vice president, chief human resources officer

Emily Chapman, MD
Chief medical officer, senior vice president of medical affairs

Dave Lundal
Senior vice president, chief information officer

Brenda McCormick
Chief financial officer and senior vice president

Caroline Njau, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer

Andy Pugh
Senior vice president, chief legal officer

Jennifer Soderholm
Senior vice president and chief development officer, Children’s Minnesota
President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation

Julianna Olsen