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Thief River Falls, Minn., police officer Ryan Bassett stands Wednesday with the family of Sgt. Donald Myers, a policeman slain in the line of duty in 1962. (Left to right) Bassett and Myers' daughters Penny Myers, Pam Joppru, widow Florence Lykken and daughter Patty Spicer surround a plaque the police department bought to honor the fallen officer. Photo submitted.

Thief River Falls honors police officer slain in 1962

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At the age of 32, Sgt. Donald Myers took his last breath as a husband, a father and an officer of the Thief River Falls Police Department.


Myers died on Feb. 17, 1962, after a suspect shot him in the chest with a rifle following a car chase on U.S. Highway 59 through rural Minnesota.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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