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Several Thousand Attend Officer's Funeral

Posted at: 12/05/2012 4:49 AM
Updated at: 12/05/2012 6:22 PM

A deep sense of loss for the law enforcement family, and the immediate family of Officer Tom Decker.

He was laid to rest on Wednesday, after a funeral in Collegeville.


The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the estimated 3,200 people at St. John's Abbey and University Church included about 2,300 law enforcement officers from around the U.S. and Canada.

About two dozen went down from the Northland.

During the hour and a half long service, Decker, who was known affectionately as "Tommy," was remembered for the man he was.

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

He was a father, who worked the night shift so he could play with his four young children during the day.

He was a dedicated officer, who truly loved serving and protecting.

His brother, Eddie, said, "You are my hero. You are our hero," during the eulogy.

After the service, the officers and family then escorted the casket to a cemetery, that is about 15 miles away from Cold Spring.

The 31-year-old officer was fatally shot Thursday when he was called to check on a man's welfare. No charges have been filed in his death. The main suspect in the case, Ryan Larson, was arrested after the shooting, but has been released due to lack of evidence.

Eyewitness News has learned that the number of officers on the case has been doubled.