The Mendota Heights Police Department continues to step up for the family of Scott Patrick – making sure one of the slain officer's daughters got the chance to experience a special event, and raising funds to ensure the Patrick family gets to see him honored in Washington D.C.
It was a special evening for a teenage girl – going to her school's father-daughter dance. But instead of being escorted by her dad, she had seven stand-ins for him.
Amy Patrick, 14, the younger daughter of slain Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, was accompanied to the dance by seven of her father's police department colleagues Saturday night, according to KSTP.
Amy assigned each one of them to wear a different color shirt, and they lined up in order for the pre-dance pictures – red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Then they all piled into a limo and drove to the dance together.
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Scott Patrick, a 19-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in July. Brian Fitch Sr. was convicted in February of first-degree murder in Patrick's death, and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
"We cannot replace Scott, and we're not going to try to," Officer Mike Shepherd told KSTP. "But we can make sure that Erin and Amy, both, are not ever standing alone in those times where Scott would have been there for them."
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It's not the only way Patrick's fellow officers are stepping up.
The police department is also hosting a fundraiser in April to help pay the expenses for Patrick's family to attend the National Police Week events in Washington DC in May.
Patrick will be honored at the Annual National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, May 15, and his name will be etched into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, according to WCCO.
Tens of thousands of people attend the ceremony each year.
The April 11 fundraiser will include a raffle, silent auction and entertainment. There's more information about the fundraiser, including how to donate, on the event’s Facebook page.