Members of the Patriot Guard, each holding an American Flag, lined the sidewalk leading up to the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. The visitation for fallen officer Tom Decker began at 4:00 p.m.
Tomorrow's (Wednesday) funeral for Cold Spring officer Tom Decker is expected to be one of the largest funerals ever held in Central Minnesota. As many as 3,000 people are expected to pack the St. John's Abbey and University Church - as well as two other venues on campus.
The residents of Cold Spring began the healing process tonight (Monday) with a candlelight vigil. Community members gathered outside of Wenner's Funeral Home to sing, pray, and remember officer Tom Decker.
Residents in Central Minnesota have had their small towns and sleepy neighborhoods rocked by a string of violent crimes usually thought of as "big city" problems, or something that only happens "someplace else."
What 8-year-old Kelly Decker remembers about her dad - more than playing Nintendo Wii together, more than the treehouse he was building for Kelly and his other three children - was how he loved to look out for people.
A candlelight vigil is planned for tonight (Monday) in Cold Spring for officer Tom Decker. The event will be held from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. outside of Wenner's Funeral Home. Organizers ask attendees to bring a candle or flashlight.
The four children of a slain Cold Spring police officer are struggling to imagine Christmas without their father. Tom Decker was killed late Thursday while checking on a report of a suicidal man. His funeral is Wednesday.
Minnesota authorities are still looking for the gun used to kill a Cold Spring police officer this week. The Stearns County sheriff's office put out a request Saturday asking members of the public to keep on the lookout for a discarded weapon.
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