Man Tends to Fallen Officer's Memorial Daily to say 'Thank You'

Updated: 08/15/2014 7:44 PM
Created: 08/15/2014 7:12 PM
By: Joe Augustine

Community members are still contributing to a memorial in West St. Paul to keep the memory of fallen Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick.

One man, Jason Serbesku, stops by the intersection of Dodd Road and Smith Avenue every day.

“I keep coming back,” he said.

Serbesku met Patrick just once.

“He pulled me over and talked to me for about half an hour…he affected my life in a huge way,” Serbesku remembered. “I was going through some very tough times and I was giving up on life. That half an hour pretty much, it did save my life.”

Serbesku tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he struggles with depression and health issues, and taking a few hours every day to care for Officer Patrick’s memorial is his “thank you” and his therapy.

“It helps me get out of that depression,” he said. “I’ll do anything that I can to keep it alive.”

Serbesku does his best to make sure the memorial looks nice, but he knows it won’t last forever. He hopes he can help plan a permanent memorial for Officer Patrick.

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