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The funeral procession for Cold Spring-Richmond Police Officer Tom Decker approaches St. Nicholas, MInn., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times, Dave Schwarz

Officials: Thousands at funeral for Cold Spring, Minn., police officer


COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A Cold Spring police officer who was killed in the line of duty last week was remembered Wednesday as a hero, doting husband and father, and a man who loved serving and protecting the public.

“You are my hero. You are our hero,” Officer Tom Decker’s brother, Eddie Decker, said during Wednesday’s funeral service at St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville.

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