Fallen Officers

We Cherish the Memories of our Fallen Officers of Southeast Minnesota

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Loring Guenther
End of watch Sep 10, 2013
Dodge County Sheriff's Office
Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Captain Loring Guenther died of a heart attack at the age of 43 shortly after returning home from work. Read more
 
Shawn Schneider
End of watch Dec 30, 2011
Lake City Police Department
Police Officer Shawn Schneider died from a gunshot wound sustained 11 days earlier after responding to a domestic disturbance call in Lake City. Read more
 
Thomas Carroll
End of watch Mar 10, 2009
Goodhue County Sheriff's Office
Detention Deputy Thomas Carroll suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a CPR training exercise. Read more
 
Travis R. Bruce
End of watch Mar 23, 2005
US Army, Military Police
U.S. Army Military Police Specialist Travis R. Bruce died March 23 when an enemy mortar round detonated near his guard position in Baghdad. Read more
 
Theodore Joseph Foss
End of watch Aug 31, 2000
Minnesota State Patrol
Corporal Ted Foss was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while conducting a traffic stop on I-90 in Rochester, Minnesota. Read more
 
Jason Meyer
End of watch Sep 06, 1999
Grand Meadow Police Department
Officer Meyer was killed in a single-car crash while responding to a call for assistance from a deputy in a neighboring agency. Read more
 
Douglass E Claassen
End of watch Mar 13, 1999
Hayfield Police Department
Hayfield Chief of Police Douglas Claassen died from complications he suffered from a neck injury, which caused bleeding within the spinal column, he sustained on April 30th, 1977, in a struggle attempting to arrest a suspect.  Read more
 
Gary Paul Friedli
End of watch Mar 04, 1998
U.S. State Department of Treasury - Customs Service
Special Agent Gary P. Friedli died the day after being involved in a vehicle accident while en route to investigate possible drug smuggling in Douglas, Arizona. Read more
 
John W. Liebenstein
End of watch May 03, 1996
Rice County Sheriff's Office
Deputy John Liebenstein was killed by a vehicle that rammed his patrol car at 90 mph during a pursuit. Read more
 
Terry F. Hanson
End of watch Mar 11, 1994
Rice County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Hanson, 48, died of a heart attack following a high speed chase in which the suspect rammed his patrol car on Highway 60. Read more
 
Gregory Lynn Lange
End of watch Jul 05, 1988
Claremont Police Department
Claremont Police Chief Gregory Lange was shot and killed while trying to break up a domestic argument in the city of Claremont, less than 200 feet away from his own residence. Read more
 
Eugene Sutton
End of watch Nov 13, 1985
Rochester Police Department
Officer Eugene Sutton of the Rochester Police Department died suddenly of a heart attack at his home shortly after completing his shift. Read more
 
John J. Schneider
End of watch Sep 07, 1980
Winona County Sheriff's Office
Investigator John Schneider was shot and killed after he and two other deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in Goodview. Read more
 
Jack Dean Werner
End of watch May 17, 1977
Olmsted County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Jack Werner was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a suspect who was driving wildly in a deserted mall parking lot in Rochester. Read more
 
Lloyd Feind
End of watch Feb 27, 1976
Rochester Police Department
 Sergeant Lloyd Feind was on duty in the communications center around 1:00 a.m. when he suffered a heart attack. He died at 5:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Hospital. Read more
 
Floyd Haley
End of watch Aug 06, 1967
Rochester Police Department
Officer Haley was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity outside a bowling alley in Rochester. His body was found lying on Quarry road with his weapon, hat, and flashlight missing. Read more
 
William H. Freytag
End of watch Mar 13, 1961
Rochester Police Department
Reserve Officer Freytag was struck and killed by an automobile while directing traffic outside of the Mayo Civic Auditorium following a broadcast boxing match. Read more
 
Walter W. Kruegel
End of watch Nov 10, 1954
Fillmore County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Walter Kruegel died from gunshot wounds sustained nine days earlier while transporting a prisoner. Read more
 
Neil R. Johnson
End of watch Dec 22, 1951
Blooming Prairie Police Department
Chief Neil Johnson was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute in which a man with a gun was demanding to see his family. When Chief Johnson arrived, the man shot him six times. Read more
 
Joseph W. Herzog
End of watch Jul 01, 1945
Austin Police Department
Patrolman Joseph Herzog was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at an accident scene in the city of Austin. Read more
 
Christian Johnson
End of watch Oct 05, 1922
Lyle Police Department
Marshal Johnson was shot and killed by a drunk man that he had escorted home earlier in the evening. Read more
 
James C. Daily
End of watch Jan 16, 1907
Red Wing Police Department
Chief Daily and Patrolman Peterson both died from gunshot wounds received the previous day when they attempted to apprehend a suspicious person at the Sibley Hotel. Read more
 
John Peterson
End of watch Jan 16, 1907
Red Wing Police Department
Patrolman Peterson and Chief James Daily both died from gunshot wounds received the previous day when they attempted to apprehend a suspicious person at the Sibley Hotel. Read more
 
Ole Havey
End of watch Dec 30, 1905
Hayfield Police Department
Hayfield City Marshal Ole Havey was shot and killed just after midnight by a burglar outside the Dalen & Alrick Store on Main Street. Read more
 
Louis Joachim
End of watch May 06, 1895
Faribault Police Department
Police Officer Louis Joachim died from rabies after being bitten by a rabid dog two months earlier. Read more
 
David J. Shipley
End of watch Jan 08, 1883
Faribault Police Department
Chief of Police David Shipley succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained five days earlier when he was shot by a subject who had just purchased a gun and was threatening to kill his wife. Read more
 
Henry Kaepernick
End of watch Oct 03, 1876
Faribault Police Department
Officer Kaepernick was shot and killed by a guard assigned to watch the Younger Brothers who had been arrested for attempted robbery. The guard did not know Kaepernick was an officer. Read more
 
Mathew Hamilton
End of watch Dec 03, 1874
Winona Police Department
Officer Hamilton suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after being assaulted and choked by a vagrant who he was attempted to remove from the train depot. Read more