A 'Sweet' Memorial for Fallen Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick

Updated: 08/04/2014 6:58 AM
Created: 08/03/2014 2:44 PM
By: Kate Renner

Community members not in the law enforcement family have also been touched by the loss of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.

Two young men helped raise more than $1,300 for the Officer Patrick Memorial fund.

For many walking by Smith Avenue South Sunday morning, cookies were served up for breakfast.

Just blocks away from where Officer Scott Patrick was killed, Capital View Cafe honored him Sunday.

"Scott was a regular; he would come here probably two-three times a week. And then he'd bring his family (to the cafe),"said Glen Lucken, Owner, Capital View Café.

Officer Patrick often sat in the same booth, and ordered a breakfast of pancakes.

"We'd have good conversation, we joke, you should be the mayor of Mendota Heights. He was just a happy-go-lucky guy. It's just a tragedy, a huge loss," Lucken said.

Outside the cafe, two young men set up a sweet memorial, selling cookies that Sam Gottfredsen's mom, Angie, whipped up in two nights.

Angie made more than 400 cookies, and they sold like the hot cakes Officer Patrick loved.

"It's just the ultimate sacrifice and it's very honorable," Gottfredsen said.

Gottfredsen sees in Patrick's legacy a heroic choice; he plans to someday make himself.

"I'm planning on becoming a police officer, it hits home a little bit more. I wanted to give back a little bit," said Gottfredsen, a sophomore, studying Criminal Justice at the University of St. Thomas.

The Mendota Heights and West St. Paul community are giving back as well, through donations.

"You have to do it. Something in your heart says donate," said Harvey Cohen, a Mendota Heights resident.

And for those hearts who Officer Patrick touched, the cookies are a bittersweet reminder of Patrick's friendship.,"What we're going to miss is the stuff he taught me about life that truly helped me out," Lucken said.

All of the money raised this weekend will go to Officer Scott Patrick's Memorial fund. Even with the cookies sold, the Capital View Cafe will continue to take donations.

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