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Goodbye Officer Scott Patrick: 'Rest now, we'll take your watch from here'

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More than 4,000 law enforcement officers stood among an overflowing crowd of 5,000 people on Wednesday for the funeral honoring the life and service of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.

“Scott's work was his dream, and his family was his strength," Patrick's partner, Officer John Larrive, said in a eulogy at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in West St. Paul.

PHOTOS: Remembering Officer Scott Patrick

Officer Patrick, 47, was fatally shot in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop last Wednesday, July 30, near Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul. He leaves behind a wife and two teenaged daughters. Brian Fitch, 39, is facing first-degree murder charges in his death.

Remembering Officer Patrick

“He never strayed from his path. He was true to himself, he was true to his family, and he was true to his profession. His girls, Michelle, Erin and Amy, were his pride and joy, and when you talked about them, he lit up,” - Mendota Heights Police Chief Mike Aschenbrenner

“Lord if you can hear me, I've got something to say. If you're looking for yellow legal pads, Scott has them all. If you find paperclips that were straightened and left out, laying around the office, he did it. If you hear the sound of constantly clicking pens, he's doing it. Please watch over Scott and do him one favor, because he sure as hell deserves it. Point him in the direction of the best restaurant in heaven with half-price margaritas on Mondays.” - Officer John Larrive, Mendota Heights

“We've come here in this church to celebrate a man that has dedicated his entire life to his family. Not just his beautiful wife, Michelle, or his fabulous girls, Erin and Amy, not just his extended family, his father, and all of his family here today, not just his Mendota Heights family, but also the entire community which he served the past two decades. You are his family, too,” - Officer Robert Lambert, Mendota Heights

"I will miss my brother. Rest now, we'll take your watch from here," - Officer Robert Lambert, Mendota Heights

“As Scott always said to me when I would end my work week with him: ‘Any plans for your days off?' I would give him whatever my response was, and he would end by saying, ‘Enjoy your days off.' Scott, you'll always have patches on your sleeves and a badge over your heart. Please police from heaven, and enjoy your days off.” - Officer John Larrive, Mendota Heights

Final radio call

“All units: Officer Scott Patrick, Badge 2231, is out of service. End of watch, July 30, 2014.” Listen to the final call at youtu.be/mT4q8a6X3bA

How to help

Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Fund
Affinity Plus Credit Union
Donations can be made by phone at (651) 291-3700, at any branch, or by mail to:

Affinity Plus Credit Union
175 West Lafayette Frontage Rd.
St. Paul MN 55107

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