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Deputy Don Reimann

Donald_Reimann

End of Watch: August 2, 1988

On Tuesday, August 2, around 8:50 p.m., Deputy Don Reimann advised dispatch that he was attempting to stop a motorcycle near Hamburg, when the vehicle fled.  The chase had started three miles south of Bongards and east of Hamburg on County Road 50 and the chase went south on County Road 51 where it continued for a half mile.  According to a witness, the motorcycle then did a U-turn and headed north on County Road 51.  The squad was attempting to turn around and started to head north when it veered to the left into a soybean field.  The dispatcher tried to contact Reimann but got no response.  Deputy Jim Gamlin found Reimann slumped in his car with the lights and siren still on.  Gamlin started CPR and Sgt. Larry Wittsack arrived and assisted.  Waconia Ambulance took Reimann to Waconia Ridgeview Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  He was 40 years old.

Patrick J. Cornelius, 36, of Glencoe, was arrested Saturday, August 13 at his work following a tip that he was there.  The motorcycle and raincoat he had been wearing were located at his residence.  He was indicted by a grand jury on eight charges: felony fleeing, felony fail to stop at an accident, felony fail to give notice of accident to police, reckless driving, careless driving, driving after revocation, obstructing arrest and failure to give information at the scene of an accident.  He was released on $1,000 bond.  The grand jury declined to indict him for causing Reimann's death.

Two days after the chase, August 4, former employees of Empak, Inc., in Waconia, filed a civil suit against Cornelius for sexual harassment.  He was their supervisor and they alleged numerous incidents of sexual harassment, assault and retaliation over a period beginning in June 1987.  On August 31, Cornelius was involved in another chase involving officers from three counties and the state patrol.  He appeared in court September 6 where bail was set at $12,000.

It was decided by the grand jury that Cornelius did not cause the death of Deputy Reimann, but that regular department physicals in the Sheriff's Office might have prevented his death.  The recommendation that a policy be written for routine physical exams for every officer was forwarded to the Carver County Board of Commissioners and the Carver County Sheriff.

Deputy Reimann was born May 4, 1948.  He was survived by his parents and sister, Monica.  His father was a retired sergeant from Carver County.  He was hired as a part time officer in 1969, and then went full time in 1975.  He was a patrol officer in Carver County for most of his career.  He went on to be an investigator from 1984-1987, but returned to the road less than a year prior to this incident.  Deputy Reimann's funeral was held Saturday, August 6 at Ascension Catholic Church in Norwood and he was buried in Ascension Cemetery.

Deputy Ronald Jerome Kalkes & Deputy Richard Allan Lura

Ronald_Kalkes    Richard_Lura

End of Watch: November 28, 1973

On Wednesday, November 28 at 7:45 p.m., Deputies Ronald Kalkes and Richard Lura were responding to assist Chaska PD.  As their squad crossed the railroad tracks at Zemble Street Crossing in Chaska, a westbound train hit the passenger side of the car.  The train traveling at 18-20 miles per hour, dragged the car 780 feet, stopping near Crosstown Blvd.  Deputy Lura was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee where he died at 11:30 p.m.  Kalkes died at the scene.

The officers were the first two to be killed in Carver County.

Deputy Kalkes was employed with Carver County for three years having been hired as an auxiliary deputy in August 1970.  He was 23 years old and survived by his father Jerome, step-mother, Ardella, and sister, Mindy.

Deputy Lura was 30 years old, and had worked with the department for a year and a half.  He was hired as an auxiliary deputy on March 11, 1972.  He was survived by his wife, Lois, and three children, Ann, 7, David, 5, and Jamie, 3.

Memorials

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association