Fallen Hero Officer Scott T. Patrick, Mendota Heights Police Department

Officer Scott T. Patrick

January 26, 1967 – July 30, 2014
Mendota Heights Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer Scott Patrick of the Mendota Heights, Minnesota Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 30, 2014. After nineteen years of service Badge 2231 was suddenly retired. A shocked community mourned, and continues to grieve over the loss of their friend, neighbor, and dedicated servant. 5,000 people attended the funeral, 4,000 of whom were law enforcement officers from all corners of Minnesota and beyond. Crowds of people lined the 8 mile procession where one sign read: “May God bless our neighbor, our friend, our hero.”

Heartfelt sympathies go out to Officer Patrick’s wife, Michelle, and their two teenage daughters, Erin and Amy. As difficult as a tragedy such as this is for co-workers and friends it is always felt most deeply by the family. Scott and Michelle were married 26 years ago in St. Stephan’s Church. One of their wedding songs, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley was played at his funeral in that same church. Those who knew Scott Patrick well have stated how much he loved and adored his family..

Closest colegues and friends have described Officer Patrick as an exemplar of community – compassionate and committed to making his town a better place. He listened to people and he cared. Police Chief Michael Aschenbrener said, “He was true to himself, to his family, and to his profession”. Among the many fitting tributes given by fellow officers at his funeral was this statement by his close friend, Bobby Lambert , "I will miss my brother. Rest now, we'll take your watch from here."

Officer Scott Patrick was 47 years old.

Portrait sponsored by:
- Kurt and Becky Kuecker, Rochester, MN, and the artist.