Slain officer mourned, family supported
Scott Patrick was honored today as a city laid to rest a fallen servant, uniting in grief his family and colleagues and a multitude of strangers.
Patrick, the Mendota Heights police officer killed in the line of duty last week, was remembered as caring, dedicated and charming by loved ones. At St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, more than 5,000 people, many of them law enforcement officers, came to say farewell.
In his eulogy, Patrick's brother, Mike Brue, remembered him as a man who knew the risks of the job but didn't hold regrets.
"This kid from St. Paul's West Side, with the frequent smile, the low-key demeanor, the guy who could toss out witty one-line 'crackers' as my brother Mark has called them. They'd bring smiles, took the edge off of stressful situations," Brue said. "This big-picture, problem solver was living a lot of his dream. Then in an instant, he's gone. And we grieve deeply."
That instant came a week ago, when Patrick pulled over Brian Fitch, Sr., a career criminal who prosecutors have charged with first-degree murder for shooting Patrick during the stop. [Read the full story]