We Thank Our Heroes For Their Service & Sacrifice

Joseph Parise , a Corrections Officer at Oak Park Heights state prison, lost his life in the ‘line of duty’ in September 2018. As a result of this tragedy, The Front Line Foundation expresses its deepest condolences to all family members.   Thank you for your service Officer Joseph Parise!

Joseph Parise, a Corrections Officer at Oak Park Heights state prison, lost his life in the ‘line of duty’ in September 2018. As a result of this tragedy, The Front Line Foundation expresses its deepest condolences to all family members.

Thank you for your service Officer Joseph Parise!

EUGENE WYNN, JR.,  Minnesota Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn drowned in Cross Lake after being thrown from a boat at approximately 7:45 pm, on April 10, 2019.  Officer Wynn and a Pine County sheriff's deputy were responding to a report of a possible body floating in the lake. They had just left the boat launch when they were both thrown out of the boat into the frigid waters. Deputies on the shore attempted to reach them in a rowboat but Officer Wynn slipped below the surface and did not resurface.  Officer Wynn, badge number 445 and station number K297, had served with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.   Thank you for your service Officer Eugene Wynn!

EUGENE WYNN, JR., Minnesota Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn drowned in Cross Lake after being thrown from a boat at approximately 7:45 pm, on April 10, 2019.

Officer Wynn and a Pine County sheriff's deputy were responding to a report of a possible body floating in the lake. They had just left the boat launch when they were both thrown out of the boat into the frigid waters. Deputies on the shore attempted to reach them in a rowboat but Officer Wynn slipped below the surface and did not resurface.

Officer Wynn, badge number 445 and station number K297, had served with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Thank you for your service Officer Eugene Wynn!

Debra K. Schott (Olson)  age 58, of Lester Prairie, MN, died tragically Friday morning, June 28th, 2019 in a helicopter crash in Brainerd, MN. Schott was a registered nurse with Ridgeview Emergency Dept and a flight nurse for North Air Care. She lived in Lester Prairie with her husband and daughter. Deb was a prior Winsted Reserve Officer, McLeod County Posse member, Ridgeview Ambulance Service (EMT-I), Winsted American Legion Post 407 Ladies Auxiliary member, Lester Prairie Lions Member, and MSRA and Gasholes Car Club in Hutchinson.   The Front Line Foundation (TFLF) wishes to express its condolences to the Schott Family. Further, TFLF hereby adds Deb Schott the list of EMTs who died while in the Line of Duty for our communities in Minnesota.   Thank you for your service Debra Schott!

Debra K. Schott (Olson) age 58, of Lester Prairie, MN, died tragically Friday morning, June 28th, 2019 in a helicopter crash in Brainerd, MN. Schott was a registered nurse with Ridgeview Emergency Dept and a flight nurse for North Air Care. She lived in Lester Prairie with her husband and daughter. Deb was a prior Winsted Reserve Officer, McLeod County Posse member, Ridgeview Ambulance Service (EMT-I), Winsted American Legion Post 407 Ladies Auxiliary member, Lester Prairie Lions Member, and MSRA and Gasholes Car Club in Hutchinson.


The Front Line Foundation (TFLF) wishes to express its condolences to the Schott Family. Further, TFLF hereby adds Deb Schott the list of EMTs who died while in the Line of Duty for our communities in Minnesota.

Thank you for your service Debra Schott!

Timothy A. McDonald  age 44, of Bloomington, Minnesota passed away on June 28th, 2019. Tim led a life of service to Jesus, his family, his country, and his communities.  Tim's love for others led him into emergency medicine and later to serve as a Blackhawk pilot in the US Army. Tim served two combat tours in Iraq and left the service to fulfill his dream as a medevac pilot. Tim is incredibly proud of his wife and four children.  The Front Line Foundation (TFLF) wishes to express its condolences to the McDonald Family and further adds his name to those Fallen Heroes who have served Minnesota communities and lost their lives while serving in The Line of Duty.   Thank you for your service Tim McDonald!

Timothy A. McDonald age 44, of Bloomington, Minnesota passed away on June 28th, 2019. Tim led a life of service to Jesus, his family, his country, and his communities.

Tim's love for others led him into emergency medicine and later to serve as a Blackhawk pilot in the US Army. Tim served two combat tours in Iraq and left the service to fulfill his dream as a medevac pilot. Tim is incredibly proud of his wife and four children.

The Front Line Foundation (TFLF) wishes to express its condolences to the McDonald Family and further adds his name to those Fallen Heroes who have served Minnesota communities and lost their lives while serving in The Line of Duty.

Thank you for your service Tim McDonald!

Shannon Lee “Opie” Barron , age 49, of Red Lake, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 7th, 2019. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Verna Mae (Morgan) Barron on July 19th, 1970.  Opie was a security guard in Warroad, MN when he met Laura Lajeunesse, his wife of 27 years. He served numerous years as a security guard for several organizations. He went on to become a wildland firefighter for many years. Opie then served as a Red Lake Police Officer for four years before becoming a Conservation Officer for the next 19 years.  Law Enforcement Officers will lay Opie to rest. His honorary pallbearers are adopted father Pat Pierre, Tony Infante, Justin Desjarlait, Gilbert Juarez, Vicki Juarez, Jeff Jourdain, Verto Barron, Eva Jones, Roxanne Desjarlait, Alice Lajeunesse, Keith Lajeunesse, Rosie Morgan, Holly Smith, Brittiany Johnson, Maryanne Morgan, Korrie Roberts, Celina Johnson, Ashleigh Smith, Jerald Cobenais, Brian Brown, Amanda Barron, Gerald Jourdain, Harlan Johnson, Curtis Jourdain, Sr., Mark Jourdain and Karen Jourdain. Opie will be laid to rest in the Morgan Family Burial Grounds in Red Lake, MN following his Thursday services.   Thank you for your service Officer Shannon Barron!

Shannon Lee “Opie” Barron, age 49, of Red Lake, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 7th, 2019. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Verna Mae (Morgan) Barron on July 19th, 1970.

Opie was a security guard in Warroad, MN when he met Laura Lajeunesse, his wife of 27 years. He served numerous years as a security guard for several organizations. He went on to become a wildland firefighter for many years. Opie then served as a Red Lake Police Officer for four years before becoming a Conservation Officer for the next 19 years.

Law Enforcement Officers will lay Opie to rest. His honorary pallbearers are adopted father Pat Pierre, Tony Infante, Justin Desjarlait, Gilbert Juarez, Vicki Juarez, Jeff Jourdain, Verto Barron, Eva Jones, Roxanne Desjarlait, Alice Lajeunesse, Keith Lajeunesse, Rosie Morgan, Holly Smith, Brittiany Johnson, Maryanne Morgan, Korrie Roberts, Celina Johnson, Ashleigh Smith, Jerald Cobenais, Brian Brown, Amanda Barron, Gerald Jourdain, Harlan Johnson, Curtis Jourdain, Sr., Mark Jourdain and Karen Jourdain. Opie will be laid to rest in the Morgan Family Burial Grounds in Red Lake, MN following his Thursday services.

Thank you for your service Officer Shannon Barron!

Joseph Gomm  -Stillwater Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm gave the ultimate sacrifice on July 18, 2018 while protecting the citizens of Minnesota. Joseph was a dedicated officer who served with the department for 16 years and cared deeply about others. This has been a devastating time for his family and friends, as well as his Department of Corrections family. The Front Line Foundation extends its deepest condolences to the Gomm Family and places his name among those other Heroes who have given their lives while serving our Minnesota communities in the Line of Duty. Thank you for your service; you will not be forgotten.   Thank you for your service Officer Joseph Gomm!

Joseph Gomm
-Stillwater Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm gave the ultimate sacrifice on July 18, 2018 while protecting the citizens of Minnesota. Joseph was a dedicated officer who served with the department for 16 years and cared deeply about others. This has been a devastating time for his family and friends, as well as his Department of Corrections family. The Front Line Foundation extends its deepest condolences to the Gomm Family and places his name among those other Heroes who have given their lives while serving our Minnesota communities in the Line of Duty. Thank you for your service; you will not be forgotten.

Thank you for your service Officer Joseph Gomm!