Sanborn Native Killed 23 Aug 12

A Fridley police officer that died in an off-duty motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon was a native of Sanborn. 38-year-old Barry Pankonin was a 12-year veteran of the Fridley Police Department. He was riding his motorcycle near his home in Plymouth when the accident occurred. No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved. Pankonin was the son of Wayne and Judy Pankonin, and a veteran of the US Army National Guard. His death was the second this year among Fridley first-responders. In March, on-call firefighter Scott Allard lost his life, also in a motorcycle accident.