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Officer Patrick's wife: 'We are one big family that is truly hurting right now'

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MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (KMSP) - The widow of fallen Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick shakily and bravely addressed the community with her family by her side Friday evening, expressing her gratitude.

'We truly all carry this burden'

"As our families struggle to deal with our new heavy burden of grief, you, the public, and certainly the law enforcement men and women who serve and protect each and every one of us remind us that we truly all carry this burden, and that we are one big family that is truly hurting right now," Michelle Patrick said.

“I chose to offer my thanks right here near this completely spontaneous display at this profoundly senseless, tragic location,” she added.

At the intersection of Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul, the very location Michelle Patrick's husband, 47-year-old Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick - was murdered in the line of duty, is the very place she expresses gratitude more than grief.

“Words really can't adequately describe how this feels and what this means to me,” she added.

Hundreds gathered at the memorial for Officer Patrick on Friday, and their burden weighs on hearts in Mendota Heights and across the Twin Cities. On Wednesday, Ramsey County attorney John Choi and Dakota County attorney James Backstrom promised justice will be served.

Brian Fitch, 39, the man pulled over at the intersection, now faces 2 counts of first-degree murder after allegedly shooting Officer Patrick. Both charges carry a mandatory life in prison sentence without parole. Fitch also faces first-degree attempted murder charges after a shootout with police in north St. Paul where he was arrested.

For now, the family reflects on Officer Patrick's life and how he'd respond to all who honored him at the memorial.

"He would still really love and appreciate just what everyone is doing for us," Michelle Patrick said.

Funeral set Wednesday

The funeral for Officer Scott Patrick will be held Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephens Lutheran Church (1575 Charlton Street, West. St. Paul). Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PHOTOS: In memory of Officer Scott Patrick

How to help


The Mendota Heights Police Department established an approved memorial fund with Affinity Plus Credit Union, and donations can be made in person at any branch, by phone at 651-291-3700, or by mail to the address below:

Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Fund
Affinity Plus Credit Union
175 West Lafayette Frontage Road
St. Paul MN 55107
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