DNR Conservation Officer's Body Escorted Home

DNR Conservation Officer's Body Escorted Home Click to Enlarge

PINE CITY (KBRF) - Sunday, multiple law enforcement agencies escorted the body of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn home to Pine City.

Wynn died after falling from a boat into Cross Lake in east central Minnesota Friday night. Officials from the Pine County sheriff's department says Wynn responded to the lake on a report of a large object floating in the water, with the caller reportedly suggesting the object may have been a body.

According to the DNR, Wynn and a deputy took off from shore in Wynn's boat to investigate when "within a minute" they were thrown from the boat and fell into the water. The deputy was treated for temperature-related injuries, however, rescuers were not able to reach Wynn, who fell below the water's surface. The Minnesota State Patrol and rescue crews in the area assisted in the search, which lasted several hours.

Wynn was 43 years old, and had been with the agency for 18 years. He is survived by a wife and two children. The DNR says 22 conservation officers have died in the line of duty.

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