Flags were at half-staff Friday as the city of St. Paul paused to honor the life of Officer Josh Lynaugh, who died of complications of a heart attack suffered while on patrol.
Lynaugh died last Saturday at Regions Hospital, where doctors found he suffered a heart attack following a suspect chase about two weeks earlier.
800 people filled the Cathedral of St. Paul on Friday for Lynaugh's funeral. A burial followed at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, Minn.
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said Lynaugh always wanted to make sure he was serving the citizens of St. Paul. Smith vowed to keep Lynaugh's legacy alive in the department, because "that's what we do."
"In little more than five years of service with the Saint Paul Police Department, Officer Lynaugh showed what an impact a dedicated officer can have in the community he or she serves," Smith said. "He personified our officers' commitment to the communities we served."
A fellow officer at Friday's service calls the 30-year-old a "gentle giant" who was generous, kind and giving.
In lieu of flowers, the Lynaugh family encourages memorials to:
Josh Lynaugh Scholarship Fund
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