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Reserve Officer Eugene L. Cousins | North Mankato Police Department, Minnesota North Mankato Police Department, Minnesota

Reserve Officer

Eugene L. Cousins

North Mankato Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Sunday, May 6, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 700

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 5/4/1979

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Reserve Officer Eugene Cousins suffered a fatal stroke while searching a ravine for a suspect following a vehicle pursuit.

Officer Cousins was riding with a full time officer when they attempted to stop an off-road motorcycle for several traffic violations. The motorcycle sped away and the rider drove towards a steep ravine, where the officers lost sight of the motorcycle.

After both officers searched on foot for a few minutes, Reserve Officer Cousins told the other officer to drive to the other side of the ravine and he would search it on foot and meet him on the other side. When Officer Cousins failed to reach the other side the officer began searching for him. The officer eventually located him unresponsive about 700 feet into the ravine.

Officer Cousins was transported to a local hospital where he died two days later.

Officer Cousins had served with the North Mankato Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 6, 2012

 

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