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Hero Down: Minneapolis PD Officer Luke Bakken Dies After Medical Emergency During Workout

Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Officer Luke Bakken died unexpectedly on Aug. 30 after suffering a medical emergency during a workout session.

Officer Bakken, 28, was off duty when the medical episode occurred, Hennepin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tweeted the following day.

The Minnesota National Guard 134th Brigade Support Battalion said in a Facebook post that Officer Bakken was in the middle of a workout at the time.

His exact cause of death has not been released.

Officer Bakken joined the MPD in 2019, according to Bring Me The News.

He was assigned to the agency’s Second Precinct, according to Hennepin EMS.

In addition to his service to the MPD, Officer Bakken was also a first lieutenant in the Minnesota Army National Guard, according to his obituary.

“It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our Battalion S2, 2LT Luke Bakken at the age of 28,” the battalion’s Facebook page read. “Luke passed away yesterday morning while working out. He was a tremendous Commissioned Officer, Minneapolis Police Officer, and friend to us all and will be deeply missed.”

Officer Bakken leaves behind his fiancé, Tia, his parents, Daniel and Shelly, and his sister, Brittney, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his nieces, nephew, uncles, aunt, and cousins.

Officer Bakken will be laid to rest on Friday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Minneapolis Police Department Officer Luke Bakken, 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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