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by Jennifer Hoff

Remembering the Fallen


ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC DT) -- Emotions ran high at a Friday morning memorial honoring law enforcement killed in the line of duty. The event took on new meeting though in light of two officers recently shot to death.

Held here at the ever-appropriate Soldier's Field Memorial, dozens of law enforcement lined the pavement, in stoic fashion, to honor their colleagues who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

In traditional salute, local law enforcement alike, honored their colleagues who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

At a Friday morning tribute, an officer tells the tale of a Maplewood Sargeant killed two weeks ago.

Responding to a car jacking, a suspect allegedly shot Joseph Bergeron, now a statistic brought to life again at Rochester's annual Law Enforcement Memorial.

Kevin Torgeson, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says, "It's real fresh in our minds, in every officer's mind because the tragedy was so sudden and so unexpected."

Before Bergeron, Wabasha County Deputy turned St. Paul Officer, Richard Crittenden was gunned down this fall when he responded to a domestic dispute.

In all, five Minnesota officers died last year. From the southeast corner, that number is 24 since records first started being kept some 130-years ago.

Torgeson says, "There's a safety factor there and they accept that by being out there, but it's up to us to make sure they go home and are safe."

Trooper Ted Foss never made it home the night of August 31, 2000. On a traffic call, he was struck by a semi truck on Interstate 90. So it's fitting really that the Move Over Law now meant to save lives was passed in Ted Foss' honor - a life remembered now 10 years later, in a moment so rare by his sister.

She says, "The sea of maroon, blue, white, brown and black uniforms and the procession of squad cars was a sight I'll never forget and hope I never have to see again."

A tribute to the officers who paid the ultimate price, so that we may live in peace.

The Ted Foss Move Over Law requires drivers to move at least one lane away from emergency and road work vehicles - or you can get a citation.

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