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Hero Down: U.S. Border Patrol Officer Trainee Cody Olafson Dies After Medical Emergency During Training

Brunswick, GA – United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Officer Trainee Cody Olafson died in the line of duty on May 20 after suffering a medical emergency at the academy.

The 26-year-old officer trainee was participating in training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center when the medical event struck, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Officer Trainee Olafson was transported to Southeast Georgia Health Center, where he passed away, according to his obituary.

His exact cause of death has not been released.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus announced Officer Trainee Olafson’s death in a tweet on May 27.

“With heavy hearts, @OFOEAC & I share the line-of-duty death of @CBP Officer Trainee Cody Olafson on May 20, 2022,” Commissioner Magnus wrote.

The commissioner said the young officer trainee joined the agency and entered into training on Feb. 16.

He was assigned to Pembina, North Dakota.

“He will never be forgotten,” Commissioner Magnus wrote.

Officer Trainee Olafson, a Minnesota native, leaves behind his mother, Ann, and his sister, Sarah, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A message on Officer Trainee Olafson’s memorial page described him as a “big man” who “always had a big heart for others.”

“The world was better with him in it,” the note read. “May his memory be a blessing.”

Officer Trainee Olafson was laid to rest on May 27.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Officer Trainee Cody Olafson, 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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