MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota marks a day Sunday to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including two who gave their lives in 2010.

Gov. Mark Dayton is attending a memorial service for fallen officers on the state Capitol grounds. He also issued a proclamation marking the day and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at government buildings in the state.

Dayton’s proclamation says 257 Minnesota law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1881.

Maplewood Sgt. Joe Bergeron was killed on May 1, 2010, and Mahnomen County Deputy Christopher Dewey passed away on Aug. 9, 2010. Both officers’ families are dedicating their names at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

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Comments (4)
  1. jeff says:

    they ought to be remembered for their great efforts in keeping the peace. they pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be safe. thanks to all the familys for their sacrifice as well and i am very greatful.

  2. Cache says:

    And how many dirtbag killers have been put down????? I bet most are either stiill in jail, are out for “good ” behavior or died of natural causes….Our STUUUUPID bleeding heart politicians need to grow up and grow a pair. The cops die but the dirtbags live…What is wrong with that picture!

  3. Mike Jacobson says:

    I hope we can all come together today and pay our deepest respect for these two heroes today, and the other true heroes who have given their lives protecting our communities. Our military soldiers protect us from foreign enemies and these soldiers protect us locally. God Bless every one of them!

  4. D says:

    Is very disapointed at the lack of coverage WCCO gave the memoral today on their 10 pm news, Was it so short I missed it?!!! I can almost bet that if it was a soldier killed over seas fighting in the war they would have had some mention of it, for Gods sake they showed the memoral for former Wild player Derek Boogaard, We need to show our support for the heros that are here protecting us on our soil. Thank you to my brother and sisters in blue.

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