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Twins honor fallen St. Paul police officer

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A fallen St. Paul police officer was honored at Saturday's Twins game at Target Field.

Josh Lynaugh, 30 died last February while on duty. FOX 9 spoke to his family and saw his dad throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

On a warm sun-drenched afternoon in Minneapolis, thousands of fans cheered on the Twins. For a moment before the game, the crowd may not have recognized him, but they witnessed an incredible opportunity to honor his son.

Tim Lynaugh, a retired St. Paul police sergeant lost his son Josh, who died of a heart attack as he chased a suspect.

"He did it to protect the underdogs, to help those that needed help, to keep the bad people from those that need protection," Tim said.

"He was going to be just fine and that whole week, it was just one thing after another. Tim got there just in time for Josh to open his eyes and say goodbye," Josh's mom Lori said.

Along with his brother Brian and sister Melissa skid marks more than 100 fellow officers are remembering josh's life by wearing the number 686 on their shirts and jerseys. That was his badge number.

"These women, these men, they put their lives on the line for us to help keep us safe," St. Paul police officer Howie Padilla said. "I think that's what not only Josh, but all of those police officers, would really want people to understand."

Josh is only the fourth St. Paul police officer to die in the line of duty within the past two decades. In his short five years of service, he won numerous awards for helping others and putting his life on the line.

The Twins showed a video montage of Josh as a loving son, courageous police officer and Minnesota sports fan. His family will always remember him as someone who put others before himself.

"It's a calling, it's a passion, and they do it because it's in their hearts," Tim said.

The Lynaughs set up a scholarship in Josh's name for underprivileged kids, see below for contact information:

Josh Lynaugh Scholarship Fund
Bremer Bank
427 N. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 659-0465

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