Officer Down Memorial Podcast

Officer Down Memorial Podcast

In each episode of the Officer Down Memorial Podcast, Sheriff Scott Rose shares the stories of how these men and women heroically lost their lives in the Line of Duty. These podcasts are produced in a storytelling format sharing these officer's stories based on input from the men and women who served with them, and the families who were left behind. Older stories are written using historical documents and newspaper records. The goal of this program is to honor these fallen heroes, help us remember their service, remind us we must always support the families they left behind, and never forget their sacrifice. (Some of these stories contain strong language and violent adult content, which may be upsetting to some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.)

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July 30, 2021 17 min

He was a well-respected and well liked Deputy in the community.  On a cold evening in November, he picked up a local farmer on a warrant for threats made to another local family.  He and the suspect had been friends for years, but this night would be Deputy Kruegel's last night on the job after a struggle with a handgun that proved fatal.

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An interview with Anthony McNeil of the Off Duty Podcast on the Everyday Heroes Podcast Network. We talk about my experiences serving, my Dad, why I got started, what it’s like being a cop today, LE mental health, some fun personal questions, humble advice for new officers, mistakes I made along the way, and about the Officer Down Memorial Podcast.

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July 2, 2021 79 min

In 2003, the small town of Andover Minnesota was rocked by an officer involved shooting.  A routine loud noise complaint ended in a shooting that left one dead and one with career ending gunshot wounds.  Two deputies share their involvement, their struggle with the incident and Cumulative PTSD, and their path to a new life and recovery.

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In this episode we review listener questions, explain the Officer Down Memorial Podcast, how you can get involved, and give you a sneak preview of some great upcoming stories – plus an awesome interview with Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith (ret.) from the National Police Institute. 

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June 4, 2021 36 min

Friends and family referred to him as a gentle giant.  He loved being an officer and helping people in the community.  He was working part-time and attending college to earn his degree which would allow him to work full-time doing what he was meant to do, when his calling as an officer was cut short one holiday weekend in 1999.  

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May 21, 2021 53 min

In December of 2011, in this small river town of Lake City Minnesota, Christmas was just a week away when this community was rocked by the loss of one of their own. Officer Shawn Schneider responded to a domestic with a gun. Shawn saved the life of a young lady, and in the process, gave his own. A true hero loved by his community and missed by all. 

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May 14, 2021 10 min

Thomas Underwood was ordered by the courts to stay away from his estranged wife and young daughter. It was almost Christmas. Armed and angry that afternoon, Thomas stormed into the home where his family was staying.  Marshal Johnson’s response likely saved many lives that day, and cost him his own, leaving behind his wife and two sons. 

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May 7, 2021 17 min

William (Bill) H. Freytag was a proud father of 5, a full-time engineer at IBM, and an active Reserve Officer for the Rochester Police Department.  He loved his kids dearly and loved serving his community - Service that cost Bill his life in 1961 while working downtown.  He was Rochester PD's first fallen hero, their first recorded Officer Down.

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April 23, 2021 13 min

Christian Johnson and his wife settled with their family in this quiet community of Lyle Minnesota. He was well liked in this town and beat 2 other candidates for the election of City Marshal. Less than two years later an alcohol fueled night would result in Chris’s murder at the hands of one of those candidates in front of the Commercial Hotel.  

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April 9, 2021 14 min
The Hastings Asylum in MN had reported escapes annually for years according to local reports.  One escapee stayed on the run for a year before returning to his hometown of Red Wing.  The Asylum's failure to keep him locked up resulted in the murder of Red Wing's top cop and one of his senior officers, a double murder that rocked this river town.  WARNING: Violent Content   (pictures courtesy of MN Historical Society and MN ...
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March 26, 2021 38 min
It was a warm Sunday morning in the river town of  Winona Minnesota.  John Schneider had been promoted to Investigator and was 22 years into his career with the Sheriff's Office.  He grew up in Winona, was well respected in the community, and just a couple years from retirement when he lost his life helping save the life of a 15-month-old baby.   A Hurrdat Media Production. Hurrdat Media is a digital media and commercial video ...
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March 19, 2021 14 min

In 1866, 35 year old Thomas Welch was one of four men assigned to police beats from 8pm-sunrise in Omaha, Nebraska.  That night Welch would encounter a soldier in a beer garden who had just mustered out of the Nebraska 1st Regiment.  It would be his last encounter – a hero’s story that left many unanswered questions…

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March 12, 2021 17 min

A well respected and well liked Detention Deputy, Thomas Carroll served in the Adult Detention Center for 9 years following his service as a US Navy Veteran.  A former Sheriff and Officer help tell the story of this man, his service to their community, and the sad and ironic circumstances on the day he lost his life. 

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March 5, 2021 31 min

In this edition of the Officer Down Memorial Podcast, Sheriff Scott Rose explains how this project got its start and its mission in an interview with Randy Sutton, one of America’s best known officers having been featured on the popular reality show “COPS,” “America’s Most Wanted” and roles in films such as “Casino,” “Fools Rush In,” and “Miss Congeniality II” as well as appearances on television network and cable news as a law enf...

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February 26, 2021 34 min

A high speed chase and violent assault by a driver high on drugs results in Chief Claassen’s initially undiagnosed spinal cord injury. The Chief served for several weeks before finding out the real reason for his excruciating pain and neurological problems that cost him his career, his mobility, and eventually his life.

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February 12, 2021 18 min

An animal attack, a domestic with a weapon, and a famous bank robbery attempt by the James-Younger Gang results in this historic Minnesota community reeling from the loss of three of its finest officers in just a 20 year period – heroes who risked their lives daily and lost them protecting and saving the lives of others. 

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January 29, 2021 40 min

Chief Greg Lange responds to a domestic assault incident in progress near his home - he’d been there many times. There he was ambushed by two brothers who beat and killed him with his own gun before stealing his squad car and heading for Texas. Chief Lange gave his own life to save the life of a young lady and her young child.

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January 15, 2021 28 min

Officials were concerned about a recent rash of burglaries. Hayfield City Marshal Ole Havey ends up interrupting the suspect burglarizing a store on Main Street that night. A deadly shooting, a man hunt, an escape from custody, and finally a conviction follows, leaving this community stunned and saddened by the senseless murder of this family man.

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December 17, 2020 101 min

Robert (Beefy) Lawson was a Deputy Sheriff for the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office in northern Minnesota.   Loved and respected by everyone in the area, he was always focused on helping kids in need in this tight knit Iron Range community.  In 1981, Beefy was executed by a local career criminal named Audie Fox, while trying to protect Fox’s kids – his brutal murder starting an intense 18 hour standoff.  Fellow officers, friends, and...

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December 15, 2020 8 min

It was December 2nd, 1874.  The beginning of the 4th coldest December Minnesotan’s had ever experienced.  The country was in the last few years of the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War, and Republican President Ulysses S. Grant was fighting for the protection of African Americans in the South through the use of the Enforcement Acts passed by Congress.  Christmas was just a few weeks away.  The depression had been ...

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