Law Enforcement Memorial

Winona County held its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service in front of the courthouse Wednesday.

Law Enforcement agencies from Winona County and the city of Winona, along with the Minnesota State Patrol honored honor three officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Those honored included Winona County Deputy John Schneider who lost his life in 1980 and State Patrol Trooper Ted Foss who was killed in a traffic crash in 2000. A third Winona police officer who died in the 1870s was also honored.

 The service was part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

Meanwhile, in honor of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, law enforcement from across Minnesota are standing guard at the state's Peace Officers Memorial for 24 hours.

The 24-hour watch ends at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a candlelight vigil. Honor guard units from across the state will march from across the Wabasha Street Bridge to the memorial for the service on State Capitol grounds.
In addition, the 35W and Lowry Avenue bridges in Minneapolis will be lit blue on Thursday.

Organizers say the event honors the 269 police officers who have lost their lives on the job in Minnesota.

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