Last Wednesday was Law Enforcement Memorial Day in Minnesota, a day to pay tribute to peace officers who lost their lives or were injured in the line of duty. This year the families of two Minnesotans, Tom Decker, who was killed in the line of duty on November 29, 2012, and Josh Lynaugh, who died in the line of duty on February 16, 2013, dedicated the names of their loved ones on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.
Eden Prairie officers participated in the tradition of standing guard at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial on the state capitol grounds. The officers stood for twenty minutes, then after the guard duty change, the officers left their posts, rang the memorial bell and stated the name of a Minnesota officer who was killed in the line of duty. This ritual continued every twenty minutes with officers from departments across the state during the 24-hour vigil.
In honor of those who died as heroes in the line of duty, flags at all City facilities were lowered to half staff on Wednesday and EPPD officers wore mourning bands over their badges, from sunrise until sunset that day.