Prior to last week, it had been 17 years since a Central Minnesota police officer was last killed in the line of duty. That officer, Brian Klinefelter, just 25, was killed after attempting to apprehend three suspects who had robbed a liquor store.
Last week's killing of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker, 31, remains unsolved.
Yesterday's funeral at St. John's Abbey and police procession was something I hope not to have to witness again in my lifetime. Knowing that the procession would pass very near our home, I encouraged my wife and children to dress warm, and we proceeded to a pedestrian walkway bridge that spans Interstate 94. At about 1:30 p.m. the general procession began. For the...READ MORE