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Police Officer Thomas Edward Decker

Cold Spring Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Edward Decker

Officer Decker,

Almost eight years ago, I was a rookie cop who had just finished FTO.

I was just starting a dog watch shift when radio traffic came on LTAC-1 (emergency statewide channel in MN). Before anyone mentioned an officer being down, I knew. I could hear the pain and sense the emotion in the responding officer’s voices.

I will always remember that. I can tell you exactly what intersection I was at.

I will always remember you. I will never forget the sacrifice you made, and your family you left behind.

To your family; i’m so sorry this happened. I’m so sorry you never received the closure you deserved. Even though I never met Tom, I will continue the good fight in his honor.

Anonymous Police Officer
MN Police Department

August 15, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Decker.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 13, 2020

Thinking of you and your family today.

Mother G. Birkholz
Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011

November 29, 2018

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 17, 2018

Tommy, I remember when my mom called me and told me about you. She asked me if I remember Tommy Decker....I said yes, he was my partner for a lot of activities in the academy. I remember the phone call as if it was just hours ago. I think of you often Tommy, especially because I grew up riding my bike past where it happened. I remember after your accident in Kimball, I talked to you about retiring, but you said no you loved the job too much. Every time I see a new story of an officer down I think of you. I know we didn't keep in touch to well after the academy, but your the only one I remember, because of all the stuff we did together...evidence class, defensive tactics, firearms, and driving. Tommy I hope your watching down on all of use who still wear a badge..I'm proud to know you and will never forget you.

Your Academy Partner From Alexandria Tec

May 9, 2018

Rest in peace Officer Decker

Officer Joseph Bresette
Galesville Police Department (WI)

May 17, 2015

Almost 3yrs ago I lost my partner and best friend Officer Thomas Edward Decker badge # 6402. Since then nothing has been the same, up to this day I listen to my radio in the AM thinking your are going 10-42. it's hard not to hear your stories of any of the stops that you made, The day you were taken from us both your partner then and myself have not been the same, we cope with the loss but also we know that some day we will join you and walk the beats in heaven as you are doing now. So watch over us from the heavens above as we watch over the people you left behind. You have done a job well done, it is your time to rest and we will take it from here.

Miss you my friend.

Police Officer Ruben Zayas 6407
Cold Spring Police

February 10, 2015

Tommy, I never had the pleasure of meeting you. However, I have heard a lot about you. You were the type of man I hope my boys would grow up to be. Your memory lives on in those whom loved you. And they are many. Godspeed officer, You are not forgotten.

Billie Massingham

April 18, 2014

We think about you daily my friend, you are alive in our hearts and memories!

Investigator Hal Henning
Kotzebue Police Department Alaska

January 3, 2014

I did a memorial project on this man. His life ended too early.

Maggie Nelson

November 15, 2013

Another "Hero" taken. May God grant you eternal peace. Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Billy Russo (Det. Ret.)
Nassau County PD. NY

January 10, 2013

RIP Brother...(salute)

Retired Trooper A.D.Dezso

January 9, 2013

Rest in Peace Brother we have the Watch

Phoenix PD, Brother in Blue

January 9, 2013

Rest in peace brother; thank you for serving our beautiful Country as well as your community. God bless your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Brother, you died bravely and with dignity while striving to keep your community safe. My prayers are with you and the family you left behind. My wish is that justice will be served and that the animal that took your life will be soon apprehended. Again, thank you for your service. We will continue the watch from here.

Officer Luis Sarmiento
El Paso Police Department

January 6, 2013

It has been almost a month since we put to rest a true, real hero, for there is no greater sacrifice that one can give for his fellow man. "He served with Valor, now he rests in glory."

Tommy - Your service and dedication to the uniform is unparalleled, your commitment to the community and those you serve is one to strive for. You served our community with Pride, Honor and Distinction. We all have the utmost respect for the service you selflessly provided to our small community without question. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten, for that we thank you and we Honor you. You may be gone but you will not be forgotten. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Cold Spring Resident

January 2, 2013

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

December 29, 2012

Rest in peace and thank you for your service

John Latour

December 26, 2012

Tom, we honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Officer Decker was killed in the line of duty. May his loved ones continue to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To his family, you are in my heart's embrace today. I pray for the emotional healing for all who called Tom beloved.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Officer Tom Decker gave to his community and the citizens of Minnesota, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 29, 2012.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 18, 2012



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December 18, 2012

God Bless you Tom.
We will pray for your family.

Chief of Police
Morris MN

December 17, 2012

Rest in peace my fallen brother for you are a true hero. May God wrap his arms around your family and fellow Officers in this sad time. Thank you for your service.

Trooper Scott Wernecke #958
Washington State Patrol

December 16, 2012

Officer Decker served selflessly, passionately and without fear to Serve and protect as all of us in Law Enforcement do everyday. Cherish those in your lives, enjoy each day and remember why we do what we do.

Sergeant Dana Hatfield
Aurora Colorado Police Department

Sergeant Dana Hatfield
Aurora Colorado Police Department

December 15, 2012

Officer Decker served selflessly, without judgement and with passion as all of us in law enforcement do everyday. Cherish those is your lives everyday. Forever grateful for your service.

Sgt Hatfield

Sgt Dana Hatfield
Aurora Colorado Police Department

December 15, 2012

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