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Hero Down: Anoka Police Department Officer Eric Groebner Dies Unexpectedly

Anoka, MN – Anoka Police Department (APD) Officer Eric Groebner died unexpectedly while off-duty at his home on Sept. 14, according to his department.

Anoka Police Chief Eric Peterson said the 39-year-old officer had an unspecified medical condition, CBS News reported.

Officer Groebner’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.

The APD confirmed the unexpected loss in a press release on Sept. 15.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the news of Officer Eric Groebner’s passing,” the department said. “Officer Groebner died suddenly at his home on September 14, 2022.”

Officer Groebner served the APD for nine years.

He was chosen as Officer of the Year just two years into his career, CBS News reported.

“If you ever met Officer Groebner you would immediately know you had a lifelong friend,” the police department said. “He was truly the best of us. A Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Friend and an exceptional Police Officer. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.”

Officer Groebner leaves behind his wife, Holly, and his children, eight-year-old Maxwell and five-year-old Leo, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss.

“Today there is a hole in our hearts but we know that we are better for knowing him, better for loving him, better for having met him,” the APD said. “May he be as blessed in the next life, as we were in this one by knowing him. May we all strive to be the Police Officer like Officer Groebner. A fair, kind, thoughtful and caring man.”

Officer Groebner was laid to rest on Sept. 21, the APD said in a Facebook post.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Anoka Police Department Officer Eric Groebner, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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