Long procession escorts body of fallen Minnesota conservation officer back home

April 22, 2019 05:28 AM

A procession escorted the body of fallen Minnesota Conservation Officer, Eugene Wynn, back home to Pine City Sunday.

Hundreds of people and law enforcement agencies dotted the freeway from St. Paul to Pine City after the Medical Examiner concluded his autopsy without making his findings public yet.


Officer Wynn and a Pine County Sheriff's Deputy were thrown from their boat just minutes after they left a boat launch to respond to a call of a possible body floating in Cross Lake Friday night.

Investigators have determined there was no body floating in the water, but are not yet certain what caused the boat to toss the two men into the water and then sink.

The Pine County Sheriff's Deputy survived, but Officer Wynn was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened outside the home of David Videen whose paddle boat was used by rescuers trying to help Officer Wynn and the Sheriff's Deputy.

"He is surely going to be missed," said Videen.  "He was my go-to-guy at the DNR and he was great to work with and understood what we needed to take care of our business and the fact he was responding to help someone is not surprising, because it was his nature."

Videen's daughter, Katie Schwartz, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS it was hard to capture what was going on because everything happened so fast and it seemed like just seconds before a rescuer was headed to their shoreline with the Pine County Deputy inside..

"They just started yelling get some blankets," said Schwartz. "It seemed like the deputy was going in and out of consciousness and I just put his face in my hands telling him he was going to be okay, but to lose Officer Wynn is just devastating."

The cause of Officer Wynn's death is expected to be released any day and the investigation into what happened might take several weeks, or longer.

Officer Wynn is survived by a wife and two children and his funeral is scheduled for Friday, April 26.

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