The Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation of Southeast Minnesota was formed to honor the fallen officers of the following Municipal, State, Federal and Military agencies operating within State Patrol’s District 2100 which are the following counties: Rice, Steele, Freeborn, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, Fillmore, and Houston.
The first major project that the group is working on is a Memorial that will be located in Rochester. This is a huge team effort with many people from law enforcement organizations and the community helping out. A Board of Directors is in place to oversee decisions and overall direction. It is comprised of fallen officer family members, active and retired law enforcement officers and employees, and community members. There are also several committees that focus on activities such as design, fundraising, and communication.
Board of Directors: President: Kevin Torgerson (Olmsted Cty. Sheriff), Treasurer: Bert Otto (Rochester PD Sergeant & Honor Guard), Secretary: Jonathon Jacobson (Olmsted Cty. Sergeant), Burt Berge (Retired Olmsted Cty), Lou Bode (Retired Rochester PD), Andy Chafoulias (Community Member), Brad Glynn (Community Member), Randy Haley (Survivor Family), Ryan Manguson (Rochester PD Sergeant, Honor Guard), Tom Kaase (Fillmore Cty. Sheriff), Rickey Krueger (Retired Rochester PD), Sara Meyer-Westphal (Survivor Family), Ron Pickett (Community Member), Scott Rose (Dodge Cty. Sheriff), Tim Schneider (Plainview Police Chief), Jon Strum (Olmsted Cty. Deputy, Honor Guard), Dean Thompson (Olmsted Cty. Deputy, Honor Guard), Design Chair: Steve Franks (Rochester PD Sergeant), Fundraising Chair: Judy Indrelie (Community Member), Marketing Chair: Sheila Thoma (Officer Spouse)
The symbol was thoughtfully created by a local officer’s brother to portray the comradery of law enforcement officers. It is representative of the Southeast Minnesota Law Enforcement officers in the following counties: Rice, Steele, Freeborn, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, Fillmore, and Houston.