Officer’s funeral spurs repair of another memorial

Scott Patrick memorial in West St. Paul

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — The recent funeral of a fallen Mendota Heights police officer has spurred the department to make repairs to a memorial remembering a Maplewood police officer.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report ( ) says a vandal used white paint last year to vandalize a memorial for Sgt. Joseph Bergeron. A 30-ton granite boulder was placed near where the Maplewood officer was shot while responding to a carjacking. Workers power-washed the memorial, but that left the memorial inscription barely readable. Retired St. Paul police officer, Tim Bradley says officials had talked for a while about repairing the memorial, but last week’s funeral for police Officer, Scott Patrick provided the impetus to act. Bradley, and the wife of a Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy spent three hours painstakingly repainting the letters. He says the effort is about restoring the community’s memorial on sacred ground.

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