Police Week: Officer Scott Patrick honored in DC during emotional memorial


Officer Scott Patrick was among the police officers killed in the line of duty to be honored by President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. Friday at the Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service.

The family of the late Mendota Heights officer – who was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop on July 30, 2014 – was among the thousands who attended what was the culmination of a series of events in the nation's capital marking National Police Week.

"We are here to honor heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty, men and women who put themselves in the way of danger so the rest of us could live in safety," Obama said.

"Beat cops, deputies, detectives, correctional forces, service officers, federal agents and tribal police, but to many here today they went by different titles: caring husband, loving wife, my son, my daughter, mom, dad," he added.

Officer Patrick was one of 273 officers killed in the line of duty whose name was added this past year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the capital, which was the scene of an emotional ceremony on Wednesday followed by a candlelight vigil, the Grand Rapids Herald Review notes.

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Patrick's wife Michelle, and daughters Erin and Amy, had a busy schedule in Washington, according to the Facebook page set up as a tribute to the officer's memory.

The page highlighted visits with Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Kline, meetings with police fundraisers, as well as the honor guard they were given as they flew out of Minnesota on Tuesday.

The family were able to make the trip to Washington D.C. with the help of fundraising efforts in the Twin Cities, such as the Dakota County Charity Basketball Tourney last month.

Minnesota lawmakers worked this past week to rename a section of Highway 149 in Mendota Heights the Police Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Highway.

Memorial services held across the state

Police departments across Minnesota have been holding events and ceremonies to mark National Police Week, to honor the courage and sacrifice of 274 Minnesota law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Morrison County Record says Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all flags on state and federal buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday in tribute to those killed or permanently injured upholding the law.

On Tuesday, the Minneapolis Police Department held a memorial service honoring the 52 of its officers who have died protecting city residents since 1884, its Facebook page says, before holding its annual awards ceremony to note the heroic, life-saving actions of its officers.

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In St. Paul, the Pioneer Press reports an honor guard started a 24-hour vigil Thursday evening to mark National Peace Officers Memorial Day in Minnesota, which was being held at the Peace Officers Memorial on the grounds of the state Capitol, concluding tonight at 7 p.m.

This will be followed by a candlelight ceremony from 7.25 p.m., which the public are invited to attend, followed by a reception at the National Guard Armory at 600 Cedar St., the newspaper notes.

FOX 9 reports in Eden Prairie, Wright County Sheriff deputy's wife Liz Gerads put out an appeal to collect "thank you" notes to give to local police officers. She thought she would get a couple hundred, but instead collected more than 8,000 after a stunning response from all over the country.

And this was replicated on a smaller scale in Woodbury, where around 100 schoolchildren wrote letters to police thanking them for their continued service, KSTP reports.

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