Updated: 03/28/2014 2:31 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
Photo: Schmitz's CaringBridge website
Photo: Sartell Police Department
Sartell police officer Joe Schmitz died Thursday after complications from surgery, according to the Sartell Police Department.
Schmitz was having surgery for a bulging disc in his neck and during recovery an artery ruptured in his neck, according to his CaringBridge website.
Schmitz has been with the Sartell Police Department for about two years. Prior to working in Sartell, Schmitz worked for the Paynesville Police Department for 19 years. Schmitz also worked part time for the Cold Spring/Richmond Police Department.
Schmitz died with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife Stacy Landborg-Schmitz and their 4 year old son.
“Joe was an outstanding officer for the Sartell Police Department. He was tall in stature with a big heart and a smile just as big. Even though Joe was only with Sartell for under two years, he stepped right in as a seasoned, experienced officer. He will be missed by the people he was sworn to protect and by the members of the department,” said Sartell Chief Jim Hughes.
There is an account set up for the Schmitz family at the Central Minnesota Credit Union branches at “Joe Schmitz 7907.”
Schmitz's organs will be donated.