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Village Public Safety Officer Ronald Eugene Zimin | Alaska State Troopers - Village Public Safety Officers, Alaska Alaska State Troopers - Village Public Safety Officers, Alaska

Village Public Safety Officer

Ronald Eugene Zimin

Alaska State Troopers - Village Public Safety Officers, Alaska

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 22, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/22/1986

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Not available

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Village Public Safety Officer Ronald Zimin was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in South Naknek.

Officer Zimin had served as a VPSO for three years. He was survived by his wife, four children, mother, siblings, and grandmother.

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I have been looking for words that might comfort the families of Alaska VPSOs, VPOs, police officers and state troopers who paid the ultimate price. I found some of those words in Russian Orthodox Priest Ivan Veniaminov's "Notes on the Islands of the Unalashka District." Father Veniaminov lived among the Unalaska Aleuts from 1824 to 1834, and he wrote, "Aleuts... did not fear death and counted it a deed of glory to die in battle with an enemy" (p. 173). "The Aleuts considered it glorious... in a storm or other calamities to save others, even one person, while clearly endangering one's own life... to be courageous, and show it in deeds... knowing that he is subject to ambush by those intent on revenge... to face death unflinchingly.... All such persons the Aleuts extolled with praise.. and transmitted their memory from generation to generation in songs, tales, and the very ornaments of the women" (pp. 215 - 216) (Alaska History No. 27, University of Alaska Fairbanks).

Officer Michael Livingston
Sand Point Police Department
May 3, 2014

 

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