Red Lake Reservation Officers receive Lifesaving Awards after Rescue of Elliot Dahlen

(L to R) Red Lake Public Safety Director Michael Burns, Officer Jamus Veit, Steve Dahlen, Elliot Dahlen, Officer Alea Richardson

Steve Dahlen and his son, Elliot, age 15, went fishing on Sunday, August 16th by Rock Dam  on the Red Lake Reservation. The high flow of the water’s  undertow pulled them into the dam and flipped their boat upside down. Elliot and Steve both survived the ordeal but not without a lot of help from Red Lake Reservation Emergency Services. 


The Red Lake Reservation Tribal Council invited Steve and Elliot Dahlen to this past Tuesday’s (9-8-2020) meeting during which two Red Lake Police Department officers were recognized with lifesaving medals for their efforts during the rescue of the Dahlens. Public Safety Director Michael Burns spoke with Thief RIver Falls Radio recently and stated that there were eight officers involved with the rescue along with Red Lake Conservation Officers, the Dive Team and the Red Lake Fire Department. Among the Red Lake Police officers on scene that day, two distinguished themselves through quick response and organizing rescue efforts. During a ceremony,as part of the tribal council meeting, Officers Alea Richardson and Jamus Veit were both awarded life saving medals.


Steve, Ladora and Elliot Dahlen were in attendance that day and said the ceremony made a deep impression on them.Elliot received the honor of pinning the medals onto the officer’s lapels. Steve Dahlen wanted to express his deep gratitude and admiration for those who rescued his son. The admiration was returned by Public Safety Director Michael Burns who said it was great to meet the Dahlen family.


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