Local Law Enforcement Pays Respects To Fallen Officer

Created: 08/06/2014 10:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Law enforcement officers from all across the state and country attended Officer Scott Patrick's funeral on Wednesday in West St. Paul, including many from southern Minnesota.

Officials estimate more than 1,000 squad cars joined the processional and nearly 4,000 law enforcement personnel were there to pay their respects.

"It’s clearly the biggest funeral and show of support and respect we've ever seen here in Minnesota,” said Capt. Kevin Torgerson, commander of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association Honor Guard that helped organize the service.

Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller was also in attendance, and he said he was moved by the support shown for the Patrick family and for the law enforcement community as a whole.

"It was a solemn day,” Sheriff Mueller said. “It was deeply touching, deeply moving, and very important for us as law enforcement professionals to support one another during this difficult time."

Sheriff Mueller said Officer Patrick's death is a sobering reminder about the risk law enforcement officers face every day.

"I know that we took on this roll and we're willing to take on that risk to do something that we believe in and to support our community,” Sheriff Mueller said. “It's something we're all proud of."

Capt. Torgerson, who has helped organize several law enforcement funerals in the past, said the proceedings can help bring closure to the family and the community as a whole.

"There's bad in this world, but when we're able to put something like this together, this kind of tribute, it really brings out how much good there is in the world,” Capt. Torgerson said.

“It really is an opportunity for us to support a family that gave the ultimate sacrifice, a husband, a father, so that was important,” Sheriff Mueller said.

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