Billy Graham Chaplains Minister in Burnsville, Minn., After Horrific Shooting

By   •   February 20, 2024

A Minnesota community is mourning the tragic deaths of two police officers and one first responder who were shot to death on Feb. 18. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to Burnsville, Minnesota, where two police officers and a paramedic were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call on February 18.

The community is reeling after the tragic deaths of officers Matthew Ruge and Paul Elmstrand—both 27 years-old—and 40-year-old firefighter, Adam Finseth.

“Join me in praying for the families of the two police officers and a paramedic who were killed in Burnsville, Minnesota,” Franklin Graham urged in a social media post.

“Our hearts go out to them and to the Burnsville Police Department,” he wrote. “These heroes were on a call trying to save lives—seven young children were inside the home they responded to.”

BG-RRT chaplains served in Burnsville—located about 17 miles south of Minneapolis—providing emotional and spiritual care to the hurting.

A Mobile Ministry Center (MMC) was also sent to Burnsville to provide a safe, warm space for conversations and prayer.

“We’re praying for the Burnsville community and all of those impacted by this horrific shooting,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT.

“Our crisis-trained chaplains will be on-site to listen, talk and pray with mourners, sharing the love of Jesus Christ in the midst of sorrow.”

Please lift up in prayer those grieving the terrible loss of these men—including their families, community, and the Burnsville Police and Fire Departments.

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