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Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office: Congress passes bill honoring slain officer

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The post office in Cold Spring, Minnesota will soon be known as the "Officer Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office."

A bill in U.S. Congress passed the Senate this week (after getting through the House in June) that officially names the 14 Red River Avenue North building after slain police officer Tom Decker.

Decker was fatally shot in November of 2012 after he reported to the scene of a possibly suicidal man. Decker was reportedly ambushed in the lot outside. The suspected shooter hanged himself when investigators went to question him weeks later.

The bill naming the post office after Decker now only needs President Barack Obama's signature.

“Officer Decker gave his life while protecting his community of Cold Spring," Sen. Al Franken said when the bill was introduced over the summer, "and although he continues to be missed dearly by family and friends, this gesture will serve as a lasting reminder of his life, his heroism, and his sacrifice.”

Said Sen. Amy Klobuchar: “Officer Decker lost his life serving his community, knowingly putting himself in harm’s way to protect others. While he is no longer with us, renaming the Cold Spring Post Office in his memory is a fitting tribute to the life he lived and the spirit of service he embodied.”

An 11-mile stretch of State Highway 23 in Stearns County has been named the “Tom Decker Memorial Highway.” Decker’s wife and several of his police colleagues attended a service in Washington, D.C. that honored officers killed in the line of duty.

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