A bill passed unanimously will rename 11 miles of Minnesota State Highway 23 in honor of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last November.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill to name the stretch "Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway" in a Tuesday afternoon ceremony with Decker's family and local elected officials.
"It may seem like a very small piece of legislation to you. It may seem like a small stretch of highway to you. It's only 11 miles, but Officer Tommy Decker drove that thousands of times," said Cold Spring Police Chief Phil Jones.
A December funeral held for Decker brought 3,200 people from across the country -- including 2,300 law enforcement personnel -- to St. John's campus in Collegeville, Minn. Many attendees were strangers, but held strong for their fallen comrade who was slain in an ambush, police said. He was 31 years old.
His wife, Alicia Decker, told FOX 9 News in January that she could not have gotten through the funeral without the support of the Cold Spring Police Department and the community.
"I can say thank you a million times, but that will never express how truly grateful I am," she said.
It is still unknown why Decker was killed. A person of interest in the case took his own life after a standoff with police in early January.
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