5/17/2018 3:55:00 PM NATIONAL POLICE WEEK Honoring law enforcement members who lost their lives
Sheriff Scott Rose
National Police Week (May 13-May 19) is a week where we, as a nation, take time to honor America's Law Enforcement Community and pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Since 1791 more than 20,000 law enforcement heroes have died in the line of duty in the United States. Here in Minnesota we've had 280 recorded Line of Duty Deaths with 28 of those officers having fallen here in SE MN - Including 4 from Dodge County.
This week we remember...
HAYFIELD CITY MARSHAL OLE HAVEY (End of Watch December 30th 1905)
Ole Havey, Hayfield City Marshal of three years, was shot and killed during a burglary in Hayfield on Dec. 30, 1905. Marshal Ole Havey was survived by his wife Lulu and three children all under the age of 10. He was the first Law Enforcement Line of Duty Death recorded in Dodge County.
CLAREMONT POLICE CHIEF GREGORY LYNN LANGE (End of Watch July 5th 1988)
Claremont Police Chief Gregory Lange was shot and killed while trying to break up a domestic argument in the city of Claremont, less than 200 feet away from his own residence. He was survived by his wife Sue and son Chris who was 12 years old at the time of his death.
HAYFIELD POLICE CHIEF DOUGLAS CLAASSEN (End of Watch March 13th 1999)
Chief Douglas Claassen died on March 13, 1999 from complications from a neck injury he suffered during a struggle with a suspect in 1977. He was 65 years old. At the time of his injury, his daughter Jean was 9, Mark was 14 and Bill was 19. Upon his death he was survived by his wife Kathy and his three adult children.
DODGE COUNTY CAPTAIN LORING GUENTHER (End of Watch September 10th 2013)
Captain Loring W. Guenther died unexpectedly from a heart attack on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at his home in Kasson shortly after returning home from work. Workplace stress was determined to be the major contributing factor in his death. He was 43 years young and was survived by his wife Debonie.
A ceremony to honor all of Minnesota's fallen will be held on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial at the State Capitol. A ceremony honoring all of SE Minnesota's fallen will be held May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Soldiers Field Park in Rochester.
This week, if you can't attend one of these programs, I ask that you to please remember our four fallen, and all the other great men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to help keep our county, our state, and our country safe.
It's also just as important to remember the families of the fallen, on this day and always, to show them your support and appreciation. While every day can certainly be a challenge for the family and friends of the fallen, this can be an especially tough week.
Remember, to fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past.