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Published May 25, 2013, 05:58 PM

Moorhead police officer is being honored today

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Moorhead police officer killed in the line of duty more than 80 years ago is being remembered and honored today. Officer Roy Larson was shot and killed while trying to catch a robber in 1930.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Moorhead police officer killed in the line of duty more than 80 years ago is being remembered and honored today. Officer Roy Larson was shot and killed while trying to catch a robber in 1930.

What started as an idea between family members blossomed into a memorial service 80 years in the making.

Rick Larson-Nephew: "We're very grateful, very grateful. Humbled."

About 20 law enforcement officers joined the family of Officer Roy Larson to place a new granite marker at his gravesite.

Larson was called "Moorhead's smiling cop…" a local boy whose parents were among the first settlers of Clay County.

On December 6th, 1930, he was shot and killed while trying to catch a robber who police say shot Larson's partner.

Larson: "There was no marker on Roy's grave that showed that he was actually a policeman killed in the line of duty. So, we should do something about that."

They brought the idea to Moorhead Police, who ran with it… And Dakota Monument donated the granite marker.

And it was personal for Moorhead Police officers, as well. Larson paid the ultimate price - one that they face every day at work.

Ebinger: "There comes a time where those risks are expected. And you take them and you follow the lead that our fallen have set for us."

For Larson's family members, it's important to recognize that sacrifice. even 80 years later.

Larson: "It really kind of brings it home to all of us to imagine what happened that day."

Larson is actually the most recent Moorhead Officer to be killed in the line of duty.

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