A community is mourning the loss of a police officer who spent more than two decades serving in Central Minnesota. Sartell Police Officer Joe Schmitz had gone in for surgery on March 20 for a bulging disc in his neck. But after he returned home an artery ruptured pressing against his airway.
Members of the public who wish to honor Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker are being encouraged to pay respects along a procession route Wednesday morning. Up to 2,000 officers from around the country could attend Decker’s funeral.