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Hero Down: Ramsey County Sheriff’s Deputy Dallas Edeburn Dies Unexpectedly

Ramsey County, MN – Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) Deputy Dallas Edeburn died unexpectedly of natural causes on Aug. 1 while driving home from work, according to his department.

The 30-year-old deputy wrapped up his shift on July 31 and left the RCSO Patrol Station in Arden Hills to head home, but he never showed up, the sheriff’s office said in a press release on Aug. 3.

“While searching the area between the Patrol Station and his home, deputies located his vehicle and found him deceased inside,” the RCSO said. “A preliminary autopsy showed no signs of injury or trauma.”

RCSO Undersheriff Michael Martin later said the young deputy died from “apparent natural causes,” KSTP reported.

His exact cause of death was not immediately released.

Deputy Edeburn previously suffered severe injuries when a suspect in a stolen vehicle slammed into his patrol car in March of 2021, the RCSO said.

“Dallas worked valiantly to rehab from his injuries and return to full-duty status,” the sheriff’s office said. “His commitment to his family, his partners, and the citizens of Ramsey County will never be forgotten.”

Deputy Edeburn earned a degree in criminal justice from Minnesota State University Mankato, according to his obituary.

He began working as a correctional officer for the Ramsey County Correctional Facility in July of 2015, and was hired as a RCSO deputy in January of 2017, the sheriff’s office said in the press release.

Deputy Edeburn worked in patrol, courts, training, and was a member of the SWAT team and the Violent Crime Enforcement Team.

To him, his fellow officers were a “second family,” according to his obituary.

“Dallas’s success in his short law enforcement career was truly amazing,” the tribute read. “He was passionate about officer safety and taking care of his fellow deputies… After receiving life saving accolades, formal recognition for his patrol work, and placement on the Violent Crimes Enforcement Team specialty unit, there is no doubt that Dallas was already established as a well respected, efficient, and accomplished law enforcement officer.”

Deputy Edeburn leaves behind his wife, Jessica, and his infant son, Bennett.

He is also survived by his parents, brother, in-laws, niece, nephew, and many friends and extended family members.

A fundraising campaign established to help Deputy Edeburn’s young family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $51,000 so far.

“Our hearts go out to Dallas’ wife, family, and friends,” Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said. “He was larger than life, both in his physical presence and his service to Ramsey County.”

Deputy Edeburn was laid to rest on Aug. 8.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dallas Edeburn, 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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