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Funeral for Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin Is Saturday, 1 p.m.

Visitation is Friday, 5–8 p.m., for the 12-year police veteran who died in an off-duty motorcycle crash in Plymouth Tuesday.

Here are the funeral arrangements for , as provided by the Fridley Police Department Thursday morning. Tuesday.

Barry is survived by his partner Scott Stevenson, his mother and father, one brother and 2 sisters.

Visitation
Friday, 5–8 p.m.
, 1801 Commerce Blvd., Mound.

Funeral
Saturday, 1 p.m.
, 2060 Co. Rd. 6, Long Lake

Procession to Cemetery
Saturday, 2:30-3 p.m.
Cemetery, Mound

Interment
Saturday, 3–4 p.m.

Reception
Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m.
, 2060 Co. Rd. 6, Long Lake    

Kevin Torgerson, commander of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) honor guard, said Wednesday his organization would "try to get as many there as possible" from the 40 members of LEMA's guard.

Torgerson said he anticipated Pankonin's funeral would include:

  • a color team (carrying flags)
  • a flag-folding ceremony (in recognition of military service)
  • the playing of Taps
  • a firing party

The LEMA honor guard provides a firing party only in the case of a line-of-duty funeral. However, Torgerson said he understood that other law enforcement  agencies may form a firing party for Pankonin's funeral.

Pankonin's colleagues at the Fridley Police Department will be freed from scheduled duties for the funeral. "All FPD staff will be able to attend," said Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud by email Thursday. "We have other law enforcement agencies covering our city during that time."

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Angela Burkhardt Bixby August 25, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Sending prayers to his family. Thank you Officer Pankonin for your service to our community.
Scott Mikesh October 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I'm in shock. Barry was a great man, and so full of life. My heart goes out to his partner, Scott, and his whole family. I hope you find peace and comfort in each other and all who knew and loved Barry.

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