Thousands Mourn Loss of Cold Spring Officer

Updated: 12/06/2012 2:42 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

A 31-year-old Cold Spring police officer who was known as a hometown boy and the department jokester was laid to rest Wednesday.   

Tom "Tommy" Decker was killed Thursday in the line of duty.

He was shot after he was called to check on a man's welfare. No charges have been filed in his death.

Doug Neville with the Department of Public Safety tells KSTP 3,200 people attended Decker's funeral, with 2,300 from law enforcement.

Neville says he saw law enforcement cars from Canada, Montana and Chicago.

Officers saluted the hearse that carried Decker's body as it arrived at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville.

Decker was remembered during an hour and a half ceremony.

He was remembered as a husband who took his bride of one year, Alisha, to dinner every Friday night. 

He was remembered as someone who brought her flowers once a month, a father who worked the night shift so he could see and play with his four young children during the day. 

He was remembered as an officer who truly loved serving and protecting, and who paid the ultimate price doing so.

In his eulogy, Eddie Decker said of his brother, "You are my hero. You are our hero."

Officer Decker's pastor said he realized it was difficult for everyone to cope with the tragedy, given the fact that there are still so many unanswered questions.

He reminded everyone that 'Tommy' is now at peace, and would want them to be as well, no matter what future challenges the ongoing investigation might bring.

A procession escorted his casket through the community he served, and to St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery.
    
Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered that flags at state and federal buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset Wednesday in Decker's honor.
   
Decker was a graduate of ROCORI High School, Alexandria Technical College and a Veteran of four police departments in Central Minnesota.

He died 27 days after his 31st birthday.

The investigation into Decker's murder is on-going. KSTP has learned the number of officers involved in the investigation has doubled.

Police haven't found the 20 gauge shotgun used to kill Decker.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.