Gone but not forgotten: Patrick remembered 5 years on

Community members, city officials, police officers and family and friends of officer Scott Patrick gathered at the corner of Dodd Road and Smith Avenue July 30 to remember Patrick on the fifth anniversary of his death. He was shot to death at the intersection by the driver of a car he’d pulled over for a traffic stop. (Hannah Burlingame photos/Review)

The intersection of Dodd Road and Smith Avenue on July 30 was filled with family, friends, law enforcement and community members who gathered to remember officer Scott Patrick five years after he was killed in the line of duty.

Patrick, 47, was shot to death while conducting a traffic stop. He was a 19-year veteran of the Mendota Heights Police Department — the stop occurred just over the border in West St. Paul. His killer was sentenced to life in prison.

“We are here today to witness the fact there is nothing routine about being a cop,” said Mendota Heights Mayor Neil Garlock, a former city police officer himself, during the gathering.

While a permanent memorial was dedicated last year at Village Square Park, there is another at Dodd Road, also called Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Highway.

Garlock referred to the site where the officer was shot as “sacred ground.” At 12:20 p.m., the time Patrick was killed, attendees observed a moment of silence.

Patrick’s wife, Michelle, thanked the community for its continued support over the past five years. 

Garlock asked folks to thank police officers when they see them. “Because telling a cop when he’s working the street, ‘Thank you,’ means a lot to them.”


—Hannah Burlingame

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