Community Remembers Fallen DNR Conservation Officer

Grells leaves behind a husband and three children.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — The Grand Rapids community and people from across the state met on Friday to remember the life of a DNR officer that lost her life in the line of duty earlier this week.

On Monday, Cohasset resident and veteran DNR conservation officer Sarah Grell, 39, was killed in the line of duty when a semi struck her pickup truck in Itasca County.

Today’s services included a flyover and a tolling of the service bell for each year Grell served in the DNR and law enforcement.

“[It’s a way] to honor the service that Sarah gave to her community and really give her the proper send off and thank her for her service,” Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Honor Guard Commander, Dave Holmquist says.

Organizations like Backing the Blue Line, a Minnesota non-profit who provides assistance and support for law enforcement in need, handed out 2,000 individual roses with officer Grell’s badge number.

“It’s just a little tiny way of showing the community here and the family here that we are thinking of them and feeling their pain,” Memorial Rose Director, Shannon Pedersen says.

And afterwards, they will continue to help and support the Grell family in the future.

“Following up with gifts of love and communication and check-ins. Especially at holidays. Special times for them like birthdays and Christmas,” Pedersen says.

Grell leaves behind a husband and three children.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Grell family.

For more information, click here.

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