Lieutenant Adam Gustafson
Lieutenant Adam Gustafson served the West Fargo Police Department for more than 10 years. A US Army combat veteran, he was an invaluable member of their staff.
He died tragically on May 18, 2021 due to suffering a heart attack while at work, leaving a lasting mark in his community.
Early Life and Education
Early Childhood Education (ECE) is the study of how children learn and develop. Professionals working in ECE seek to ensure children have a safe learning environment.
Early years are an incredibly crucial period in a child’s development; during this period their social skills, self-esteem, and perception of the world will take shape.
ED has funded various early childhood education programs since 1965, such as Head Start. This free service gives access to early education for children from low socioeconomic families.
Early development can have a tremendous effect on a child’s educational achievement, economic productivity, lifelong health and responsibility as a citizen of society; as well as having lasting effects on strong communities and successful parenting. Furthermore, early development helps children acquire cognitive and language abilities they will use throughout their lifetime.
Adam Gustafson leads an easy professional life as an officer for the West Fargo Police Department. He has been there a while and enjoys great rapport among his co-workers.
As a law enforcement officer, it’s crucial that one can think quickly on his feet and quickly respond to emergency situations. His ability to do this has enabled him to keep West Fargo secure from crime.
He is a dedicated father and husband. When not working or playing with his children, you’ll find him on the golf course, fishing for trout or playing his guitar – or having a beer with friends! Additionally, he takes great pride in serving the community, earning several awards for his dedication and service.
Achievement and Honors
Gustafson excelled on and off of the field. Leading Grove City in receiving yards per game and helping win their inaugural ECAC James Lynah Bowl championship was just part of his legacy as a model student-athlete. He was even offered his own scholarship from Grove City as part of this feat!
He was featured in many news articles and social media posts, garnering national media coverage. His achievements were many and his contributions to Grove City were immeasurable – contributions to athletic department, involvement with community service program at college and many acts of kindness toward fellow students, family and friends were only some examples. A true gentleman, his contributions will always be remembered fondly.
Lieutenant Adam Gustafson was an immensely respected member of the West Fargo Police Department for 10 years – recently promoted from sergeant.
As an officer, he was well known for his dedication and teamwork, not to mention his warm smile and infectious laughter. A tribute has been placed in West Fargo City Hall’s Grand Foyer in his honor.
Lieutenant Adam Gustafson died while performing his duty Tuesday, May 18th after suffering a heart attack while on duty. According to Cass County Coroner’s Office records, Lieutenant Gustafson suffered from “severe coronary artery disease and major arterial blockage”. Fellow officers provided immediate aid until an ambulance arrived and brought him directly to Sanford Emergency Department according to Western Falls PD’s Facebook post.
Lieutenant Adam Gustafson was a police officer from West Fargo, North Dakota. On May 18th 2021 he suffered a fatal heart attack while attending an active shooter training class and died due to its effects.
He was a US Army combat veteran and 10 year veteran of the West Fargo Police Department, according to his fellow officers. According to their accounts, he was an exemplary member of this unit.
His colleagues remember him for making an impactful contribution to his community – from ringing bells for Salvation Army bell-ringing campaigns and fundraising events, to supporting Special Olympics with donations. But above all else he was most proud of his family.
West Fargo police officer Brian Anderson was a dedicated father of three. His hobbies included golfing, hunting and fishing. In 2012 his department named him Employee of The Year for life-saving work.