Cloquet Community Remembers Police Veteran & Nurse
Community Mourns After a Car Crash Kills Two
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It was late Thursday night when two vehicles crashed head–on on Highway 33 and North Road.
Killed in the accident was 49-year-old Mark Laine, a 27–year veteran of the Cloquet Police Department, and 54-year-old Fay Dahlman, who served 12 years as a nurse at Community Memorial Hospital.
Mayor Dave Hallback spent 27 years with the Cloquet Police Department, and stood next to Laine his entire career.
He remembers him as a brother, saying, “My thoughts and prayers go out to the Dahlman family and the Laine family. It’s a big loss. They will both be sadly missed.”
Family and friends remembered Laine on Facebook:
“I will absolutely miss Mark. One of the best guys I knew. Always had a kind thing to say. You left us all way too soon, Mark.”
“This is such a tragedy. Mark worked hard, cared, and went the extra mile on his cases. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Cloquet PD family, and his family and friends.”
Dahlman’s legacy was also recognized Thursday evening on social media:
“I have had the pleasure to work alongside of ‘Fay nurse Dahlman’ for the past 12 years. The senseless loss of such a beautiful and giving lady is indescribable. She was just moments from getting to work like she did most nights. Prayers to both the families as they grieve for their loved ones.”
“Fay was a wonderful nurse. She touched the lives of everyone she cared for and worked with. She will be sadly missed.”
Chief of Police, Steven Stracek, released the following statement Friday afternoon:
“On behalf of the Cloquet Police Department, I want to thank all of you for reaching out to our agency to express your condolences for the loss of Officer Mark Laine. We appreciate your understanding and patience while we grieve and remember Mark for his contributions to our community during his 27 years of service.
We also want to take this opportunity to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Fay Dahlman, who has been tragically affected by this most sad event. We will continue to pray for comfort, grace and strength as we go forward into the days ahead.”
Laine was off duty when he crossed the center line of the road and collided with Dahlman’s vehicle.
Authorities said Dahlman was wearing her seat belt and Laine was not.