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Published December 04, 2012, 10:51 AM

Up to 2,000 officers could attend Decker's funeral

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Members of the public who wish to honor Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker are being encouraged to pay respects along a procession route.

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Members of the public who wish to honor Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker are being encouraged to pay respects along a procession route.

Decker was killed Thursday in the line of duty. Authorities say he was ambushed and shot multiple times when he and his partner were checking on a man's welfare.

Up to 2,000 officers from around the country could attend Decker's funeral Wednesday. After the service, law enforcement will participate in two processions through the community.

The first will include officers and first responders from outside Stearns County. The second will include Decker's casket, family and friends, and all Stearns County officers. Decker's casket will travel from St. John's Abbey through communities where he worked and lived. A horse-drawn carriage will then bring him to St. Nicholas Cemetery.

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