Emotional journey to add Officer Patrick's name to national memorial

Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick (Photo credit: Mike Brue
Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick (Photo credit: Mike Brue

Police work is a dangerous job, and every year dozens of officers lose their lives trying to protect and serve. Thousands are making their way to a police memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor the fallen, and that includes the widow and daughters of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.

"All of the support from the very beginning has been totally awesome," Michelle Patrick said. "It's unbelievable in how much people are willing to support and help out. I appreciate it all. I can't even say enough about how much I appreciate it."

The family is headed to Washington to see Officer Patrick's name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. As they left the airport in Minneapolis, fellow Mendota Heights officers were there to send them off.

"I'm really not sure what to expect," Michelle said. "It's going to be hard, but I am going to try to have a little bit of a good time. We'll be talking about him, having some laughs, but it will be hard."

Because it's National Police Week, many other families will make the same, very difficult trip. 42 officers have been killed in the line of duty so far this year, and behind all those names are other families sharing the pain.

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