Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron passed away in the line of duty Sunday, July 7, after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a call for service. Barron had been a Red Lake Nation conservation officer since 2000.
Following are statements from DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen and Enforcement Division Director Col. Rodmen Smith:
DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, colleagues and friends of Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron and the Red Lake Nation as a whole. The state of Minnesota and the Red Lake Nation share a common mission when it comes to the protection of natural resources, and Officer Barron’s legacy of upholding that mission will never be forgotten."
DNR Enforcement Division Director Col. Rodmen Smith: "Conservation Officer Shannon Barron proudly served the Red Lake Nation for 19 years, working tirelessly to protect not just its natural resources, but also its people. Officer Barron made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the Red Lake Nation’s people and resources, and today all of his partners in law enforcement salute his service and mourn his passing."