With each of these stories, Sheriff Scott Rose gives you a glimpse of what law enforcement officers and their families go through every day to help keep our communities safe. These stories take you back in time to the era and the community where we lost these heroes. You'll feel like you were there when we lost this officer. These stories are real and raw. Our mission is to ensure their sacrifice is never forgotten, and to show how our men and women who serve in law enforcement are true heroes every day they put on the badge. WARNING: Episodes may contain strong language and violent content that may be disturbing to some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.


November 18, 2023 16 mins
Judson Randall moved to Freeborn County after serving as the youngest soldier in Company D, 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry during the Civil War.  He married Nancy Wiggins and they settled in Freeborn County MN.  Judson became a successful wheat buyer and served part-time as a special policeman when the local Albert Lea chief needed extra help.  During this time smallpox was the latest silent killer bringing fear to Americans.  There we...
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Minnesota State Trooper Tim Bowe was one of those cops you wanted to partner with, the one you wanted to back you on a call, the one first through the door - athletic, big, strong, and tough.  Wednesday November 22nd we'll take you back to June of 1997 where we'll share his entire story and walk you through the night when we lost this hero.  Click here to listen to a preview of the Tim Bowe Story, brought to you in part by Law Enfo...

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August 26, 2023 19 mins
Marshal Bradley Rogers loved serving the community of Lake City, and this community loved him.  He was known to be courteous and pleasant, and was always on the lookout for the city's best interests.  It was Tuesday morning, the night after the opera, the night after the Marshal removed a young man by the name of Daniel Bush, who was preaching to those entering the opera house declaring himself the second Christ.  Bush's manic...
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July 12, 2023 34 mins

A young local Sheriff that everyone liked in this small Minnesota community, Sheriff Joseph Rogers had been this town's top cop for about two years when the brutal assault of a local couple and the assault of an unsuspecting farmer led him to being handed the task of hunting down those responsible, only to result in a gun battle that he would not survive.  His murder would lead to chaos in this community where towns people, area of...

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In this special episode, we'll talk about some of the stories coming soon on the podcast and we share Scott's visit with the Tom Barnard Show on the morning of National Law Enforcement Memorial Day.  If you haven't checked out Tom's show, it's a must to add to your podcast list.  Tom and his crew are so much fun to listen to and start your day! You can find out more at or search for the the Tom Barnard Show in yo...

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In this special episode I'm on the air in Tuscon AZ with Ben Buehler-Garcia from American Warrior Radio hosting the Buckmaster Radio show along with Nohemy Hite from the Erik Hite Foundation - Nohemy shares her husband's story along with their foundation, I talk about the Officer Down Memorial Podcast, and we discuss the impo...

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May 18, 2023 112 mins
A local law enforcement leader everyone loved and recognized, a cop everyone in this small rural county knew and loved. Loring Guenther moved to this community to make a difference, and he left a positive impact on everyone he ever came into contact with.  A series of office scandals and indiscretions, along with a new Sheriff who's leadership style did not align with Loring's, created a toxic work environment, an environment ...
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In this podcast I talk with COPS Multimedia Specialist Tony Williams about the organization, it's history, and it's long list of services and support it provides for agencies, officers currently serving and their families, and survivor families.  We also talked about their wellness programs and some planning services for cops - services I had no idea they provided.  We also talk about National Police Week in Washington DC and ...
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April 26, 2023 57 mins
A local Sheriff who grew up in the community and committed his career to helping the youth of his county, Sheriff Don Eustice served his entire law enforcement career in Waseca County after serving our country in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948.  In a time in the 70's where being Sheriff involved the entire family, Don's family tells the stories of growing up Sheriffs' sons and daughters.  Sheriff Eustice, who actuall...
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This is a special episode of the Officer Down Memorial Podcast.  Periodically, when we're working on new fallen hero episodes, we’ll share additional content and interviews Scott has done with other podcasters.  This one was done a couple of years ago on the nationally syndicated Law Enforcement Today Radio and Podcast Show with Jay...

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March 25, 2023 43 mins

Chief Greg Lange was loved by all in this small town of 530 people, located just 30 minutes west of Rochester in SE Minnesota. The doors to his home were always open for kids after school who had nowhere else to go.  It was the end of a long 4th of July holiday weekend, and the city was finally quieting down for the night before a loud knock on the door woke Greg up.  It was a young local gal asking for help, reporting a domestic a...

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March 8, 2023 84 mins

A Financial Crimes Investigator for the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office offers to help Homeland Security search for a missing female juvenile who ran away from Florida with a young male who had flown in from the UK.  Homeland Security has information that these two fled to Eau Claire Wisconsin where Investigator Bill Gray served. ...

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December 17, 2022 11 mins

In this episode we do a quick review of our 2022 hero stories, share a sampling of stories for new listeners checking us out, and share a sincere thank you and Christmas greeting to all of our loyal subscribers and supporters.   Find out more about these stories on our website at, and make sure to subscribe to us on your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss any of these amazing hero stories. 


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November 27, 2022 65 mins

A local cop everyone in this community knew and loved. A known prankster in his department. Everyone called him Tommy. He showed everyone he came in contact with respect and compassion regardless of the circumstances. On this night Tommy responded with his partner to do a welfare check to check on a suicidal subject. Minutes after going out on scene, Tommy was shot and killed outside Winner’s Bar in Cold Spring Minnesota. The hunt ...

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October 24, 2022 80 mins

A gang ordered murder of a cop in retaliation for an alleged assault of an elderly black man on a bus, the subsequent murder of an alleged informant, a community afraid to serve on the jury, even defendents afraid to testify concerned the police won't be able to protect them from the Vice Lords and their leader Sharif Willis - who was implicated in Jerry's murder but never indicted.​​  Jerry was 53 years old, had served for 30 year...

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A gang ordered murder of a cop in retaliation for an alleged assault of an elderly black man on a bus, the subsequent murder of an alleged informant, a community afraid to serve on the jury, even defendents afraid to testify concerned the police wouldn't be able to protect them from the Vice Lords and their leader Sharif Willis - who was implicated in Jerry's murder but never indicted.​​
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May 18, 2022 59 mins
As one officer takes a stolen vehicle report at a local mall, another officer locates the vehicle and before he can stop it, gets rammed by the suspect and the chase is on.  The suspect had a lengthy criminal history including previous vehicle thefts and he was determined to get away at any cost.  35 miles and around 30 minutes later, Investigator Liebenstein lost his life ending this dangerous pursuit and in doing so - saved ...
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May 17, 2022 59 secs
Jack Dean Werner proudly served in Vietnam and later as a Deputy for the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office in SE MN.  In May of 1977, a confrontation in the Apache Mall parking lot cost him his life – murdered by a young man whose mission was to kill a cop that night.  Deputy Werner left behind a young family and community stunned by his loss.     
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May 12, 2022 1 min


Today we remember the day we nearly lost Deputy Dustin Reichert from the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.  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 ...
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April 30, 2022 51 secs

THE DOUG CLAASSEN STORY Today we remember the service and sacrifice of Chief Doug Claassen from the Hayfield Police Department in SE Minnesota.  It was today in 1977 that would change the course of Chief Claassen's life and the the lives of his survivor family members forever.  Click this link for a preview.   You can find his complete story at www.officerdownmemorialpodcast.comor anywhere you listen to podcasts.  NEVER FORGOTTEN! 

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