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Hero Down: Golden Valley Police Sergeant Terrence ‘Terry’ Sleavin Succumbs To Cancer

Golden Valley, MN – Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) Sergeant Terrence “Terry” Sleavin died on June 3 after a battle against cancer.

The 52-year-old officer was surrounded by his wife, children, and friends when he passed away, his department said in a press release two days later.

Sgt. Sleavin’s wife, Jennifer, is also a fellow GVPD sergeant.

“As our department grieves, we ask our community and our law enforcement community to come together for his family in this time of sadness,” the police department said.

Sgt. Sleavin devoted 30 years of his life to his law enforcement career, according to his obituary.

He spent the past 21 years serving with the GVPD.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2020 and was named acting assistant chief of operations in 2022, CCX Media reported.

“Sergeant Sleavin inspired us all with his unwavering positive spirit and selfless dedication to his work and family,” Golden Valley Police Chief Virgil Green said in a statement to KSTP.

Chief Green described the fallen sergeant as a “dedicated public servant,” CCX Media reported.

“He was a family man, a wonderful colleague to so many, and above all else, a good friend to those within the police department,” the chief said. “His personality will be greatly missed by those who have known him over the past decades and those of us who haven’t known him as long.”

In addition to his wife, Sgt. Sleavin leaves behind his children, Katie and Alex, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, sister, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and many friends and extended family members.

Sgt. Sleavin was laid to rest on June 13.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Golden Valley Police Department Sergeant Terrence “Terry” Sleavin, 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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