Thursday, September 27, 2012
The off-duty officer died Aug. 21 from crashing after he 'lost control,' according to police in Plymouth.
About a month after Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin died in a motorcycle crash outside his Plymouth home, investigators have determined it was a "tragic accident," said Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein. "There was no foul play, driver inattentiveness or alcohol involved," Goldstein said. "It would appear that Mr. Pankonin lost control of the motorcycle and struck a tree. The impact from the crash caused life-threatening injuries that ultimately took Mr. Pankonin’s life." Goldstein said the final report explained that Pankonin "was not an experienced motorcycle operator and that lack of experience could have contributed to the crash." The report did not indicate that there were any malfunctions found with the motorcycle itself, he…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Two of this year's 47 deaths were off-duty Fridley public safety personnel.
Motorcycle deaths are on the increase in Minnesota, state officials said Thursday, with fatalities for 2012 now at 47—a figure that includes Fridley firefighter Scott Allard and Fridley police officer Barry Pankonin. The tally of fatalities this year has already passed the 42 motorcycle-crash deaths in Minnesota in 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. (See the DPS 2011 Crash Facts for motorcycles by clicking on PDF thumbnail.) At least one of those 2011 crashes was in Fridley: Nicholas Alexander Owczynsky of Lauderdale died in September 2011 after he wiped out while trying to turn at University and 73rd avenues NE. Warmer weather that allows a longer season for motorcycling in non-winter conditions is one factor. …
Monday, August 27, 2012
A funeral for the Fridley officer was held Saturday.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The service for Pankonin, who died in an off-duty motorcycle crash Tuesday, was packed with police, firefighters and other first responders, as well as friends, neighbors and family.
In the days following Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin’s Aug. 21, 2012 off-duty death near his home in Plymouth, Fridley Police Chief Don Abbott asked city staff members for one word to describe the late member of their “police family.” Abbott shared what he heard with family members, neighbors, friends, police officers, firefighters and other first responders at Pankonin’s funeral Saturday: “Do you know what the number one response was? 'Smile.' Something about his smile. How deep it was, how warm it was and how genuine it was.” See a separate post with more than 50 photos from Barry Pankonin's funeral. Hundreds Celebrate 'Panks' Pankonin died suddenly Tuesday in a motorcycle crash involving no other vehicles or pedestrians, only …
Hundreds, including metro fire and rescue staff, Hennepin County Sheriff, and police from Fridley, Plymouth, New Brighton and Anoka attended Fridley officer Barry Pankonin's funeral Saturday.
Family, friends, neighbors and many from the law-enforcement, fire, and first-responder communities gathered Saturday to remember Fridley Police Officer and Plymouth resident Barry Pankonin at his funeral at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake. Read a separate post for our story about Barry Pankonin's funeral. Get the latest from Patch in your email each morning. Sign up for our free newsletters from Plymouth Patch and Fridley Patch!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Memorial service is at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 Co. Rd. 6, Long Lake
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
A memorial has sprung up near his home and the fatal motorcycle crash site in Plymouth.
Here is a memorial near the Plymouth home of Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin, who died nearby in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Tuesday. His funeral is Saturday, with visitation on Friday. (See separate post for full funeral arrangements.) Leave a comment below, or if you have one, add a photo of Barry Pankonin to this post.
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 Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin, as provided by the Fridley Police Department Thursday morning. Pankonin died in a motorcycle crash near his Plymouth home Tuesday. Barry is survived by his partner Scott Stevenson, his mother and father, one brother and 2 sisters. Visitation Friday, 5–8 p.m. Huber Funeral Home, 1801 Commerce Blvd., Mound. Funeral Saturday, 1 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 Co. Rd. 6, Long Lake Procession to Cemetery Saturday, 2:30-3 p.m. Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery, Mound Interment Saturday, 3–4 p.m. Reception Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 Co. Rd. 6, Long Lake Kevin Torgerson, commander of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Barry Pankonin was wearing a helmet; alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the single-vehicle crash near his Plymouth home, police said.
See a separate story about the memorial service for Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankokin, and another post with more than 50 photos from Pankonin's funeral. Also: a photo of memorials left near Pankonin's home and the crash site. Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin died Tuesday near his Plymouth home in an off-duty motorcycle crash that did not involve other vehicles, pedestrians or riders. He was wearing a helmet. He was 38, a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard with more than 12 years service to Fridley. Funeral arrangements are pending [Note: funeral arrangements are now public] and an investigation by Plymouth police continues. It is the first death of an active-duty Fridley police officer, whether in the line of duty or off …