By Reg Chapman

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) -– The Maplewood Police Department held a fundraiser Saturday to help build a memorial to fallen police officer.

Nearly a year ago, Sgt. Joe Bergeron, who served as a policeman for 25 years, was shot and killed while searching for two carjacking suspects. Now his fellow officers are trying to build a memorial to him in front of their building.

Before Saturday, the department was half-way to its goal of $100,000. And with a big community turnout, it will likely reach that goal.

“We’re just amazed at the turnout,” said Maplewood Police Chief David Thomalla. “The parking lots are full or cars, the inside is full of people.”

The fundraiser was held at the Maplewood Community Center, the same place where Bergeron’s death was mourned by hundreds.

“It really gives me a warm feeling inside,” said Donald Bergeron, Joe’s brother. “It’s great to just to see all this support for my brother.”

Maplewood will dedicate the monument on May 1, the anniversary of Bergeron’s death.

He was the first Maplewood officer killed on duty.

Comments (6)
  1. Mike says:

    It would have been more commendable if the Maplewood Police department would have had a fundraiser first, for Spc. Matthew Johnson, of Maplewood who died fighting for our country in Afghanistan. Instead, they leave the impression with many, that self elevation is an honorable concept.

  2. Julia says:

    Sgt Bergeron had been fighting a war on the streets for his many years on the force. The police dept worked tirelessly to put this together. I volunteered at it and would be happy to volunteer at Spc Matthew Johnson’s fundraiser sir. We are indebted to his service for our country. God Bless him, God Bless Sgt Bergeron and God Bless America.

  3. Jon says:

    I did not know that the police were waging wars on the street of American cities much less in Maplewood. Last I knew, they were public servants who had chosen a profession to protect and serve, not patrol and engage.

    1. mindy says:

      Jon I think you need to step back and think of what you said. They are not public servants. I am guessing you did not know any police officer, state patrol or military person. They want to protect and serve their community and country, with that comes patroling. They do not asked to be killed by idiots with guns. They know they might die. Plus you must live in a world with no news. We are fighting wars on our streets, it is called drug and gangs. Maybe you should wake up. Every officer and military person should be honored when they die!

      1. Jon says:

        First, I retired from the National Guard and I was a Military Police officer.
        Second, “War on Drugs” is a catch phrase that was coined by President Reagan to justify the militarization of local law enforcement.

        Where are the monuments for every other officer or soldier that has died in the line of duty?

        The continued use of “War on drugs”, “War on gang” changes the point of effort from solving the problems, namely the degradation of the family institution, to possessing only a hammer to attempt to modify social behavior. People who call this “war” fail to realize that there are less violent methods to attempt to solve problems.

        My condolences to the officers family. He chose his career and the hazards that are associated with it. Just as I did serving my time in the national guard and the deployments and hazards that went with them.

        But the continued use of “waging war” on the streets of America by local police is disgusting at best and villainous at worst. They are public servants hired to uphold the laws of a society who have elected public officials to create those laws. They are not soldiers hired to provide the brute force of an army of a conquering nation.

        1. Jon says:

          My Mistake, it was first coined by President Nixon in 1971. I remember as a child listening to President Reagan speaking of it as they took down General in 1989.

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