Minnesota Honors Fallen Officers on National Law Enforcement Day

May 15, 2018 08:30 PM

The State of Minnesota is pausing to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who choose to protect and serve. 

A 24-hour tribute is taking place to honor the 280 Minnesota officers who lost their lives while serving in law enforcement. 


May 15 marks National Law Enforcement Day.  Honor guards from the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) are standing guard at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. 

The ceremony includes special recognition for retired St. Anthony police officer John MacQueen. Other tributes will include a forgotten line of duty death of DNR game warden Olaf Pearson Lofquist, along with St. Paul police officer James Sackett and Minneapolis police officer Clayton J. Seawell.

New at the memorial this year is a poignant tribute from Monticello saddle maker Mike Bray.  He created the "Honor the Badge" saddle.  It's covered with badges from law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and the country.  

RELATED: Saddlemaker to Honor Law Enforcement at Minnesota State Fair 

A candlelight vigil will take place Tuesday evening. 

The Law Enforcement Memorial Association of Minnesota is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the families and home agencies of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty. 

A complete list of Minnesota fallen officers can be found here. 


Kevin Doran

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