Thousands mourn as Officer Scott Patrick is laid to rest


Thousands of friends, family and fellow law enforcement officers gathered Wednesday for a somber tribute to Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick, who was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop in West St. Paul last Wednesday.

An estimated 5,000 people attended funeral services at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul, and many others lined an 8-mile-long processional route from the church to the cemetery, to pay their respects to Officer Patrick.

An estimated 4,000 of the mourners were law enforcement officers from throughout Minnesota and neighboring states. Others came from as far away as Illinois and Canada.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar were among the dignitaries at the service. U.S. Sen. Al Franken attended the visitation Tuesday evening.

The sanctuary of the small church could hold only a fraction of the mourners, so many watched the service outside on a live video feed.

Fellow Mendota Heights police officers including Chief Mike Aschenbrenner, Officer Robert Lambert and Officer John Larrive, shared memories of Patrick during the morning church service. They stressed his dedication to protecting his community and his love for his family.

"I will miss my brother. Scott, I love you. We love you. Rest now, we'll take your watch from here," Lambert said, while holding back tears.

Here's the full video of Officer Lambert's tribute.

Officer Larrive joked about Patrick's habits at work, drawing chuckles from those in the church. He mentioned how Patrick constantly clicked his pens, and if yellow legal pads had gone missing, Patrick probably had them. He also had one request for God, saying, "Point [Patrick] in the direction of the best restaurant in heaven with half-price margaritas on Mondays."

Patrick's half-brother, Mike Brue, and his sister-in-law, Jolene Josephson, also shared their memories of Patrick.

"My brother knew the risks of the job and I never knew him as the type to have regrets," Brue said.

Josephson spoke of Patrick's sense of humor and quick wit, along with his "big and wonderful smile."

Click here to view the program from Wednesday's funeral service.

Mourners, flags line procession route

Following the service, two processions made their way to Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights. The first wave included hundreds of law enforcement and other public safety agencies. The second included Mendota Heights law enforcement, city staff, Officer Patrick's family and a horse-drawn caisson carrying the remains of Officer Patrick.

Both processions followed the same 8-mile route, which was lined with mourners, homemade signs and American flags.

In the final ritual of the day, Patrick's final radio call was broadcast to the thousands of mourners.

“All units: Officer Scott Patrick, Badge 2231, is out of service. End of watch, July 30, 2014.” This video captures that moment.

According to MPR News, law enforcement agencies recently began the tradition of publicly "retiring" a fallen officer's work designation, including an unanswered radio call by a dispatcher to the officer's squad number, ending with an "end of watch" call. The officer's badge number is usually retired as well.

MPR News has a list of 10 things to know about how law enforcement in Minnesota memorialize officers killed in the line of duty.

MPR News, the Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press all have extensive photo galleries of the day's events.

KSTP has posted several video clips of the procession and cemetery service.

Here are other photos that were shared by various Twitter users throughout the day.

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