The family of a Mendota Heights police officer killed in the line of duty was given a special honor Tuesday night by the Minnesota Wild.
FOX 9 reports that Michelle Patrick, widow of Officer Scott Patrick, joined their daughters Erin and Amy to lead the crowd in the traditional "Let's Play Hockey!" chant that precedes Minnesota Wild games. The Wild played the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Wild went on to lose the game 4-1.
KSTP reports that Michelle Patrick said the opportunity was a chance to show the community that the family is doing okay. She told the station that the support they've received has "meant a lot" to the family as it mourns. A daylong Sept."Stand Up for Scott" fundraiser for the family was well-attended.
The trio wore Minnesota Wild jerseys, and were presented with a commemorative jersey bearing the number 2231. That was Patrick's badge number. Mendota Heights officers Bobby Lambert and John Larrive, two of Patrick's closest friends, joined the family for the event.
Patrick, 47, was shot and killed on July 30 as he made a routine traffic stop. Brian Fitch, Sr., 39, has been charged in his death and has pleaded not guilty. His trial on first degree murder charges is set to begin in January.
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