Kitzberger’s horses will pull fallen officer’s casket in procession from church to cemetery

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered U.S. and Minnesota flags at half-staff today in honor of slain Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.

The governor’s order applies to all state and federal buildings in Minnesota from sunrise to sunset today when Patrick’s funeral will be held.

Patrick died Wednesday, July 30, after being shot in the line of duty.

As with past fallen officers, New Ulm resident Duane Kitzberger and his draft horse team, will have the honor of pulling the casket of the fallen officer. The funeral, with full police honors, will be held at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in West Saint Paul followed by burial at Acacia Park Cemetery.

Law enforcement officials are asking the public to line the nearly 8-mile-long funeral procession route from the church to the cemetery.

(Journal staff writer Clay Schuldt contributed to this article.)

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