Game Warden Norman D. Fairbanks

Game Warden Norman D. Fairbanks

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 1930

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Norman D. Fairbanks

Game Warden Norman Fairbanks was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to arrest two men for illegal trapping at a cabin at Wolf Lake, near Hibbing, Minnesota.

The two men had failed to show up for a court appearance so the officers returned to the cabin to arrest them. As they entered the cabin one of the men opened fire, mortally wounding Warden Fairbanks.

The other officer was not injured and was able to return fire as the suspects fled. Two months later one was shot and killed and the other was arrested. The one who was arrested was acquitted after pleading insanity. Warden Fairbanks succumbed to his wounds two weeks after the shooting.

Warden Fairbanks was survived by his wife and six children. One of his sons was also a game warden and had gone to the scene of the shooting to transport his father to the hospital.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 24, 1930
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd 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 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 9, 2013

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