Fairbanks Police Station renamed in honor of Sgt. Allen Brandt

Published: Oct. 13, 2023 at 11:04 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Law enforcement can be a hazardous career. Even in our own community, police officers have faced danger, and even death, on their daily work shifts.

This Wednesday, the Fairbanks Police Station was officially renamed in honor of a local hero whose life was lost in the line of duty. The new name for the Fairbanks Police Station is the Sergeant Allen Brandt Police Station and Emergency Communications Center.

Sergeant Allen Brandt served as a Fairbanks police officer for 11 years before giving his life in the line of duty in October of 2016. During his time with the police department he received many letters of commendation and honors due to his exceptional investigatory skills and superior work ethic.

At the ceremony Police Chief Ron Dupee said he hopes that renaming the station after Brandt will serve as a reminder of his heroic service. “It had been weighing on my mind for some time, with Sergeant Brandt’s passing, that we could do something with the community, and with the building, to rename it after him,” Dupee explained. “He was a valued member of the department and the community, and he made the ultimate sacrifice for the city of Fairbanks.”

Around 200 people, including Sergeant Brandt’s wife and four children, attended the ceremony in the snow outside the police station.

“My children are here to see and hear of their father’s testimony,” Natalie Brandt said. “My prayer is that this will be a memorial bringing comfort for them to know his death was not in vain.”

The Fairbanks City Council unanimously approved the resolution to rename the station in August of this year.