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Burnsville Police and Fire Department Officer Paul Elmstrand, Officer Matthew Ruge, and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth Memorial Whiskey Bottle

Burnsville Police and Fire Department Officer Paul Elmstrand, Officer Matthew Ruge, and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth Memorial Whiskey Bottle

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Police Officer Paul Elmstrand
Burnsville Police Department, Minnesota
End of Watch Sunday, February 18, 2024

Police Officer Matthew Ruge
Burnsville Police Department, Minnesota
End of Watch Sunday, February 18, 2024

Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth
Burnsville Fire Department, Minnesota
End of Watch Sunday, February 18, 2024

The First Responder Whiskey Society has partnered with the Law Enforcement Labor Services to release this handmade fundraiser whiskey bottle for fallen Burnsville Police and Fire Department Officers Paul Elmstrand, Officers Matthew Ruge, and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth. 100% of the net proceeds will go back to support their families via the Law Enforcement Labor Services Benevolent Fund.


NOTE: We are currently taking preorders until April 15, 2024.  After that, please allow 10-12  business days for processing and 3-5 business days for shipping as each bottle is custom made per order. 

*21+ OR OLDER ADULT SIGNATURE REQUIRED* - A 21+ or Older Adult Signature is required at the time of delivery. If you do not have someone there to sign for the bottle at delivery or coordinate with UPS to pick it up at one of their locations, it will be returned to the distillery, and you may have to pay additional shipping fees to have it sent back out! 


Police Officer Matthew Ruge, Police Officer Paul Elmstrand, and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth were shot and killed after responding to a domestic incident in the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue at about 2:00 am.

A man who was a convicted felon had taken several family members hostage, including seven children, and barricaded himself inside the home.

Officer Ruge, Officer Elmstrand, and two other officers had been negotiating inside the house with the man, who claimed to be unarmed. After three and a half hours of negotiation, the subject fired on the officers suddenly at 5:26 a.m. Two officers returned fire, wounding the subject in the leg. While Officer Ruge and a Burnsville Police Department sergeant were exiting the home, they were struck a second time. Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth was shot while he was trying to help the wounded officers to an armored vehicle. The man continued to shoot at officers from an upstairs window.

Officer Ruge, Officer Elmstraud, and Paramedic Finseth were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where they succumbed to their wounds. The sergeant was treated and released.

The man committed suicide and was found deceased in the home at about 10:15 am. The investigation revealed that the subject fired more than 100 rounds at the officers. The hostages were able to escape safely.

They are gone but never forgotten.

This commemorative bottle of whiskey has been created by Liberty Call Distilling in San Diego California. The company is marine owned and a friend to all first responders. The bottle boasts superior quality work compared to other engravings because it is sandblasted, not just etched.

The whiskey is first aged in new 53 gallon medium charred American oak barrels for 2 years then rested in-barrel with Chilean Amburana Oak staves.  They’ve created a uniquely sweet, yet spicy bourbon whiskey. With hints of gingerbread and fresh vanilla on the nose, there is a pronounced sweetness on the palate while showing touches of oak, spice cake, nutmeg, and light brown sugar. 

The bottles can be shipped across the United States except for the restricted states of Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Utah, and Virginia.


 First Responder Whiskey Society

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The First Responder Whiskey Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3)(EIN #87-3987483) charity with one mission: to support first responders and their families in times of need. The charity has a membership of 11,000+ police, fire, military, medical, and family members from primarily the United States and other parts of the world. The values that guide our organization are camaraderie, loyalty, mental and physical wellness, and responsible consumption. Our motto of "Service Through Spirits" is something we take seriously. We prioritize charity and our members above all else and always strive to do things ethically because it is the right thing to do.

If our values align with yours, we encourage you to join our family in our Facebook Group. Membership is free; the only requirement is a desire to help our first responders in need!

Would you like to start your own commemorative bottle project for your agency?  The First Responder Whiskey Society works with agencies from all over the country to fundraise through custom whiskey bottles for academy graduations, personalized bottles, retirements, and of course line of duty deaths. Get a project started together here:


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