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Faribault County deputy rescues man

Briar Bonin recognized for actions taken at Albert Lea standoff

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jul 11, 2021

Briar Bonin was given a Certificate of Life Saving for the actions he took on Nov. 29, 2020 in Albert Lea.

People in the law enforcement profession are aware of the dangerous vocation they have chosen but they never know exactly when or what kind of situation they will face in their line of work.

Faribault County Deputy Briar Bonin found himself in a dangerous situation last Nov. 29 and took heroic actions to save the life of a fellow human being, according to Faribault County Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott Adams.

Bonin, who has been in law enforcement since 2012, was with the Multi-County SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team and Drug Task Force.

“It is made up of personnel from Faribault, Freeborn, Waseca and Steele counties and the cities located within those counties,” Adams explains.

According to information provided by the Albert Lea Police Department, Bonin was with his SWAT Team in response to an active shooter, officer involved shooting, critical incident in Albert Lea.

Bonin, who was recently honored by the Albert Lea Police Department for his efforts, received a certificate which reads: Deputy Bonin provided perimeter security near an active crime scene. He observed a citizen driving through the sniper’s field of fire as the sniper continued shooting from an elevated vantage point. The sniper’s rounds pierced the driver’s door, striking the driver in the leg.

As the driver stopped the vehicle within the sniper’s kill zone, Deputy Bonin’s attempts to direct the driver to continue travels to a safer location were to no avail. The driver was unable to exit the vehicle to best remove himself from harm’s way. Deputy Bonin instinctively responded, running to the victim’s vehicle and dragged him to safety.

The victim lost extensive blood as large amounts were observed in the vehicle and where the victim was dragged. Deputy Bonin applied two tourniquets to the victim, saving him from further critical blood loss.

Deputy Bonin’s courage under fire, bold actions, and selfless dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Albert Lea Police Department.

The certificate was signed by J.D. Carlson, director of Public Safety for the Albert Lea Police Department.

“I joined the SWAT team in 2017 and it was the first time I had been in a situation like this,” Bonin says.

He is not the only one of his family in law enforcement. His wife, Emily, is an officer with the Winnebago Police Department.

Faribault County will also honor Bonin at 9:30 a.m. on July 20, during the next regularly scheduled County Board meeting.