The Osseo Police Department is preparing for a trip to our nation's capital this spring to honor one of its own killed in the line of duty more than a hundred years ago.
In 1916, Osseo's Village Marshal James L. Gardner was shot to death after responding to a domestic dispute.
Osseo's current police chief Shane Mikkelson recently learned that Marshal Gardner's name is not on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. That wall recognizes the names of more than 20,000 officers killed in the line of duty.
In May, all five of Osseo's full–time police officers will travel to Washington, DC to see Marshal James Gardner's name put on the wall.
"He was never recognized nationally as somebody who laid his life down for the public, and now he's going to be inscribed," said Mikkelson. "We do not have, as far as we know, anyone who is a direct relative of Village Marshal Gardner, and so we are moving forward with being there for him."
The police department has raised $7,000, which will cover trip expenses as well as part–time officers to cover the work shifts while the officers are gone.
Alexandra Renslo firstname.lastname@example.org
March 14, 2017