Tricounty News

Decker Bill passes House, Senate; signed by governor

A bill to rename part of State Highway 23 to honor fallen Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker passed both the House and the Senate Thursday, April 11.

Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, and Rep. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, introduced the legislation (SF 76/HF 146).

“This memorial will ensure we identify Decker’s legacy on 11 miles of highway he was assigned to patrol,” Howe said. “The goal is for this memorial to remind people of what is most important: people and relationships. That is Officer Decker’s legacy and this memorial will ensure we remember his honor and sacrifice.”

“I am honored to have been asked to carry this legislation. This small memorial will serve to remind us all that Office Tom Decker protected and served his communities of Cold Spring and Richmond and in that service paid the ultimate sacrifice. He truly was a part of a special group that is dedicated to protect and serve.” Fischbach said.

The bill is now headed to Governor Mark Dayton for his action. Pending his approval, the stretch of Highway 23 between Cold Spring and Richmond would be marked “Tom Decker Memorial Highway.”

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law Tuesday, April 16.

Minnesota Senator Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, and Representative Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, are joined by a group supporting a bill they authored to rename part of Highway 23 in honor of fallen Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker Thursday, April 11, at the Capitol in St. Paul. Appearing are, front row, left to right, Decker’s brother, Eddie Decker, Fischbach and Howe. In back are Cold Spring city officials, including Police Chief Phil Jones, Mayor Doug Schmitz, and City Administrator Paul Hetland. The bill passed both bodies in the Legislature Thursday and was presented to Governor Mark Dayton for his approval. Submitted photo.

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At left is Governor Mark Dayton signing the bill.