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Rice County sheriff's sergeant dies while vacationing in Wisconsin

Justin Timothy Hunt was 40 years old.

Law enforcement in Rice County, Minnesota, are in mourning following the death of one of their own this week. 

The local sheriff's office announced Friday that Sergeant Justin Timothy Hunt, 40, "passed away in his sleep" with vacationing with his wife in Wisconsin:

Per the above news release, Hunt had served with the sheriff's office for four and a half years, and before that, had stints with the Faribault and Lonsdale police departments. 

He also served as a correctional officer, was a member of two SWAT teams, and "played (a) significant role in public safety in Rice County and around the region for many years."

As for his personal life, Hunt "enjoyed working on (his family's) hobby farm and raising their animals, taking selfies, 4 wheeling, snowmobiling, snow skiing, bonfires, vacations that involved the beach and water, country music and loved nothing more than having his shirt off and shorts on," his obituary notes.

Cause of death was not revealed, but the obituary says he had suffered a "a sudden illness" and died unexpectedly in the town of Arthur, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, June 25. 

His survivors include his wife and their two daughters. His funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault. 

"He will be sorely missed," Sheriff Troy Dunn wrote in his announcement. 

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