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Hero Down: Olathe Police Officer Brandon Blom Dies After Suffering Medical Emergency At Home

Olathe, KS – Olathe Police Department (OPD) Officer Brandon Blom died on March 23 after suffering a medical emergency while off-duty.

The 34-year-old officer was at his home when the unexpected medical emergency struck, the OPD said in a press release the following day.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of OPD Officer Brandon Blom,” the agency tweeted. “Brandon died off-duty at his home yesterday, after a medical emergency. Please keep the Blom family in your prayers.”

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

Prior to his law enforcement career, Officer Blom served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, according to his obituary.

His multiple tours of duty included Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Officer Blom served the OPD for eight years and was a member of the department’s patrol unit.

Hundreds of people offered their condolences to Officer Blom’s family and the OPD in response to the agency’s announcement.

“So sorry for your loss of Officer Blom. Prayers for him, his family, his department, and the community he served. He is and will be missed by many,” one message read.

“So sorry for your loss. Condolences and prayers to his entire family and to all who knew him,” another person wrote. “Rest In Peace, Officer Blom. And Thank You for Your Service!”

Officer Blom leaves behind his wife, Rebecka, and his daughters, Elayne, LeAnn, and Alena, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, sister, nephew, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins, and in-laws.

Officer Blom will be laid to rest on March 28.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Olathe Police Department Officer Brandon Blom, 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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