Fallen Police Officers Honored in Rochester

Updated: 05/16/2014 10:48 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 10:44 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- In just a year, over a hundred lives of law enforcement authorities are taken during the line of duty throughout the nation.

"In Minnesota, unfortunately we'd say probably one to two a year," said Captain Scott Behrns from Olmsted County Sheriff's office.

On Friday, there was a program to honor those who have fallen in southern Minnesota. It was took place at Rochester's Soldier's Field Memorial Park. Family members and fellow officers of the deceased came to share their experiences, including the family of Jason Meyer of Grand Meadow. He passed away from a fatal car accident while assisting a Mower County deputy 15 years ago.

"He loved being a police officer, he lived what he did, he was very proud of that, he was proud of the comradeship," said widow Sara Meyer-Westfall. She drove past the accident that took the life of her husband while on her way home. 

Officials say it is indeed a brotherhood and a sisterhood, no matter the color of the uniform or the shape of a badge.

"We get in some tough situations together and you only have the other person with you coming to back you up," said Captain Kevin Torgerson of Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

Family members who have grieved for their loved ones in uniform came to reflect and to strengthen the bond between brother, sister, father, and mother.

"I think it's tough to our family to become stronger and more closer together and appreciate life because you never know," said Jason Meyer's mother.

Rochester officers also want to share with the community about the 38th anniversary of Jack Werner, who stopped a wildly driving car at the Apache Mall. He died from a fatal gunshot wound when he approached the car.