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Brian Frank, a bouncer at Boomer's bar in River Falls, survived a rollover this fall of his 2003 Buick La Sabre. Getting a seat-belt ticket just before the crash likely proved to be a life saver. Said Frank: "I would say I learned from the crash that life is too short not to follow a simple law that could save your life. I was able to experience that firsthand." Submitted photos

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People don't thank a cop for giving them a ticket. Especially during bar closing as police respond for a disturbance complaint.

But that's what happened last month to River Falls patrol officer Bryant Ekstrom.


Only a few loud drunks were found milling around on this particular Friday night on Main Street. But no disturbance to break up.

Ekstrom and fellow officer Paul Jensen prepared to clear the scene.

Before they did, a bar employee rushed up.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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