Conservation Officer Russell John Nelson

Conservation Officer Russell John Nelson

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, Minnesota

End of Watch Sunday, September 28, 1975

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Russell John Nelson

Conservation Officer Russell Nelson was killed in a float plane accident while searching for illegal duck hunters 12 miles south of Aitkin, Minnesota.

The pilot was also killed in the accident, which occurred shortly after takeoff from Big Pine Lake.

Officer Nelson was killed two days before his 28th birthday and had served with the agency for six years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary year 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 9, 2013

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