Officer Cody Holte – Grand Forks Police Department
End of Watch: May 27, 2020
On Wednesday, May 27th Cody, loving husband and father tragically died from gunshot wounds sustained in the line of duty while answering a call for service requesting assistance from other officers in Grand Forks, ND.
Cody was born on March 17th, 1991 in Fargo, ND to Bret and Tracy (Redland) Holte. During Cody’s junior year of high school, he attended the Connecticut State Police Youth Week where he discovered his passion for leading, serving and protecting. He graduated from Norman County West High School in 2010. After high school Cody attended basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where he became a Military Engineer in the North Dakota National Guard. He attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and received a degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Sociology and Military Science in 2013. Cody was an active member of the Army ROTC for three years during college and then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United State Army. Cody was currently serving in the North Dakota Army National Guard as a First Lieutenant. His units were out of Jamestown, the 817th Combat Engineers and presently Lisbon with the 813th Construction Engineers. Cody was also a part of the ND rappel team. He began his career with the Grand Forks Police Department in 2017. Additionally, he was a member of the Water Rescue team. Cody wore around his neck a medallion on which the verse Philippians 4:13 was engraved “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. We are grateful that God gave Cody the strength and courage to serve and protect, leading him to give the ultimate sacrifice, his life, in the line of duty.
Cody put God, family and country above all other things. On August 27th, 2016 Cody married the love of his life, Amanda Christian. Together they loved to travel, spend time with family and friends and the simple pleasure of one another’s company. They were blessed with the birth of Gunnar in July 2019. Cody loved being a dad, snuggling and kissing Gunnar’s cheeks were two of his favorite things to do. They were already running together before Gunnar could even walk, but Cody could hardly wait to pass on to Gunnar the things his dad had taught him.
Cody lived each day the saying, “Don’t let yesterday use up today”. Always the first to offer a helping hand, his kind heart and outgoing personality left an imprint on all he touched. His smile preceded him. Cracking a joke with his quick wit was part of his daily life. He loved sports as both a player and spectator; Go Duke Blue Devils! He annually hunted in Western North Dakota with Grandpa Pete, his dad, brother and friends, a special event he never missed. He cherished family time at the lake including Gunnar’s first boat ride. With the Holte’s, every event was a family one; there was no I or me, it was always “us”. That value carried with Cody after he entered his life as a husband and father.
Cody is survived by his wife Amanda, son Gunnar, parents Bret and Tracy (Redland) Holte, sister Alexis Schmidt, twin brother Brady (Dani) Holte, nephews Ames and Henry, father and mother-in-law Tim and Sandy Christian, brother-in-law Matt Christian, grandmothers Shirley Christian and Carole Eide, many aunts, uncles and cousins, all of his brothers and sisters in blue, ROTC and the United States Army. Cody was preceded in death by his Grandparents Peter & Susan Holte.
Officer Jason Moszer, Fargo Police Department
End of Watch 02-11-2016
Fargo Police Officer Moszer died of a gunshot wound sustained the previous day, on February 11, 2016. Officer Moszer responded to a domestic disturbance call in which a suspect was armed. While on the perimeter of the scene, Officer Moszer sustained a single gunshot wound and succumbed to the injury.
Jason Moszer was born September 27, 1982, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Dave and Karen Moszer. Growing up in south Fargo, he attended and graduated from Fargo South High School in 2001. He served with the Minnesota Army National Guard as a combat medic for eight years until he was honorably discharged. He deployed to Bosnia from July 2003 to March 2004 and to Iraq from March 2006 to June 2007. In 2009, Jason graduated from North Dakota State University with a criminal justice degree and later attended Lake Region Law Enforcement Academy that year. He started with the Fargo Police Department in November 2009, where he protected, served, and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
On June 15, 2013, he married Rachel, and became a wonderful step-father to Dillan and Jolee. Later that year they built their dream home in Sabin, Minnesota. Jason and Rachel were inseparable, and even shared the same birthday. Jason loved life and loved the time he got to spend with his friends and family. He enjoyed camping, motorcycling, cooking, shooting, hosting parties (sweatpants required), and just loving life. He always had a smile on his face and was never afraid to try something crazy. He also took great pleasure in the time he spent with his brothers in the Gunslingers Motorcycle Club.
Deputy Bryan Sleeper, Burleigh County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch 09-28-2011
Deputy Bryan Sleeper died early Wednesday morning September 28, 2011 after he collapsed while helping Deputy Jon Eide arrest a man on numerous charges. Sleeper and Eide were arresting Robbie Del James Roberson, 45, for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and fleeing a police officer shortly after midnight Wednesday 09-28-2011. Deputy Sleeper had handcuffed Roberson, then began to feel distress and collapsed. Deputy Eide administered first aid and used an automated external defibrillator on Deputy Sleeper while maintaining control of Roberson. Metro Area Ambulance took Deputy Sleeper to St. Alexius Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m.
Bryan Sleeper was sworn in as a deputy in January 2007. Later that year, he was awarded the North Dakota Peace Officer's Association's life saving award, along with several other officers in the department, for saving a man's life during a suicide attempt. He was on patrol for most of his time with the sheriff's department, other than a short stint with the training division, and was a member of the West Dakota SWAT team. Deputy Sleeper was active in the ND Fraternal Order of Police and was Missouri Valley Regional Lodge #3 Vice-President.
Bryan Sleeper will be missed deeply by everyone who knew him. Deputy Sleeper now joins the rank of HERO's who gave their lives, so we may live ours in peace.
Sergeant Steven Kenner, Bismarck Police Department
End of Watch 07-08-2011
Sergeant Steven Kenner was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance involving a man threatening a woman with a knife on East Broadway Avenue at 10:38 pm. on July 08, 2011.
When he and another officer arrived at the scene, they located the man sitting in a van. The officers approached the van and instructed the man to show his hands. The man opened fire, striking Sergeant Kenner. The other officer returned fire, striking the suspect.
Sergeant Kenner was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Sergeant Kenner had served with the Bismarck Police Department for 32 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Steve, who served on the National FOP Board of Trustees, was a sincere and dedicated individual. A giant in stature, he will always be remembered for his kind and gentle disposition and selfless service to others. All who knew him will miss him deeply and those who did not missed a chance to know a true HERO.
Roland Jerome Sandvig, West Fargo
The Forum - 03/04/2002
Rolly Sandvig, 59, West Fargo, died Saturday, March 2, 2002 in Innovis Health, Fargo, ND.
Rolly was born May 22, 1942 to Opal and Elner Sandvig in Enderlin, ND. He graduated in 1961 from Leonard High School, Leonard, ND. He married Sonia Kathleen Nygard on July 2, 1965 in Kindred, ND.
Rolly was employed by the North Dakota State Highway Department from May 1965 to January 1973. He joined the West Fargo Police Department in 1970 and worked there until his retirement due to health reasons in September 2001.
He was an active member of the community. Rolly was second vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, president of the West Fargo Softball Association, was a softball coach and an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in West Fargo. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his two sons and many friends. Playing and coaching softball, weekly Pinochle games and socializing over coffee with close friends were what Rolly enjoyed tremendously.
He is survived by his wife, Sonia; two sons, Jay (Kim), West Fargo, Chris, Ellendale, ND; his mother, Opal Sandvig, West Fargo; a brother Arlo (Karen), Detroit Lakes, MN and one grandson, Gabriel Jay. He was preceded in death by his father.
Burial: Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, ND.