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Getting Dunked for a Great Cause

September 11, 2018 10:40 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A permanent memorial honoring the lives of fallen law enforcement in southeast Minnesota is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Tuesday, local officers, deputies, firefighters and even one of the staff at ABC 6 News, took a little dip to help raise money for the cause.

Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said, "It means that much to the survivors, having their officers recognized and remembered. Not just when the family does it, but when the community remembers."

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Tomorrow isn't promised and life isn't guaranteed.  Our men and women in blue and brown go to work not always knowing what the next hours will bring. For years, organizers and volunteers with The Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation of Southeast Minnesota have been doing what they can to honor fallen law enforcement in our region.

Sue Lange said, "People are more willing to talk about what families are going through."

Sue Lange is one of the many dedicated volunteers, and she's also a survivor.  Her husband, Claremont Police Chief Greg Lange was killed 30 years ago. She's helped create the vision for a future law enforcement memorial that will stoically stand for years to come at Rochester's Soldiers Field.

"I'm excited what we've put together for the design. Fundraising like this that not only involves the community but gives them a chance to raise money for this," said Lange.

Rochester's 37th Street HyVee was host to area law enforcement and the community on Tuesday.  Raising money through good food... and a lot of good, clean, fun.

"We've been talking about it for so many years, that maybe now we will get it," said Lange.

Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said ground could be broken on the new law enforcement memorial in the next month, or so. If you would like to help speed up the effort click here to donate.

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