ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - People gathered at the law enforcement memorial on Capitol grounds in St. Paul on Saturday to remember police officers lost in the line of duty. The Blue Light service was put on by Minnesota Concerns of Police Survivors, a non-profit organization that provides resources to help families of officers who died in the line of duty.
Mike Brue, brother of slain Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick was a guest speaker. Officer Scott Patrick was the latest officer to lose his life in the line of duty after being gunned down during a routine traffic stop last year.
"On this October day, it hardly seems really that it's been 14 months." Brue said.
For Brue, fall in Minnesota just isn’t the same without his brother Scott.
“We've always been proud of him, our family, so his sudden senseless death on duty did not change what his life by then had insured." Brue said.
Officer Patrick is one of the many law enforcement officers to lose their life in the line of duty.
Nationwide, 51 officers were killed in 2014 and another 30 so far this year.
"The next officer we'll memorialize here is still out there somewhere and nobody should blame us that we take it personally." Brue said.
Jennifer Silvera-Lindemer, wife of slain Lino Lakes police officer, Shawn Silvera, was also a guest speaker. Silvera was killed in the line of duty in 2005.