Grand Forks-area police to march in funeral of slain officer
Grand Forks-area law-enforcement officials will be among those participating in today’s funeral procession for Scott Patrick, a Mendota Heights, Minn., officer killed in the line of duty July 30.
“We are here to support the law-enforcement agencies around region and this is an unfortunate incident and we want to be there for our law-enforcement family and just to show our support for them,” said Lt. Dwight Love with the Grand Forks Police Department.
“We just think it’s our way to show respect for the family and kind of honoring within our profession,” said East Grand Forks police Chief Mike Hedlund.
The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department and UND are also sending officers to the procession.
Thousands of officers are expected to lead the procession along a nearly eight-mile long route to Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights around noon today. Minnesota officials have asked the public to line the route.
Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags to be hung at half-staff today.
Patrick, a 47-year-old married father of two teens, was killed during a traffic stop in West St. Paul. The suspect, Brian George Fitch Sr., 39, has been arrested.