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Eric Decker not related to Minnesota officer killed in line of duty

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We’ve been flooded with questions today regarding whether Broncos receiver Eric Decker, a native of Cold Spring, Minnesota, is related to Tom Decker, a 31-year-old Cold Spring police officer who was killed Thursday night in an apparent ambush.

Eric Decker’s agent, Todd France, tells PFT that Eric Decker is not related to Tom Decker.

It makes the situation no less tragic.  Tom Decker has four young children.  He and his partner were responding to a call regarding a potentially suicidal man.  When they arrived, the man shot and killed Decker.

It’s a reminder of the risks law-enforcement personnel take every day.  We extend our condolences to Officer Tom Decker’s family, friends, and colleagues.

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15 Responses to “Eric Decker not related to Minnesota officer killed in line of duty”
  1. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    Sad story. Just a bad deal all around.

  2. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    There were a lot of negative comments about police in the Adrian Peterson arrest in Houston story. I hope this reminds everyone that, although no one is perfect, these people put it all on the line to protect us.

  3. juliodamfoolio says: Nov 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    Hopefully the piece of crap that shot him will suffer many types of indignity in prison before being helped out of this world by the needle.

  4. shackdelrio says: Nov 30, 2012 1:54 PM

    A tragic story.

    Could you update if a memorial fund has been set up for Officer Decker’s family.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:05 PM

    Good God, man…

  6. edenprairieballer says: Nov 30, 2012 2:11 PM

    It would be great if PFT could post a link if indeed a memorial is set up for his family. A young guy leaving behind 4 kids. Just sad.

  7. edenprairieballer says: Nov 30, 2012 2:33 PM

    “A memorial fund for Tom Decker has been established at three Cold Spring banks. Donations can be sent to: State Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 415, 401 Main St.; The First National Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 416, 301 Main St.; and Central Minnesota Credit Union, 202 Red River Ave. S.”

  8. gobes2105 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:39 PM

    If you go to odmp.org that is a site that lists all officers killed in the line of duty. It also gives a brief bio of the officer and the incident in which he was killed. It also offers information on funds or other wishes from the family and/or department. God Bless Officer Decker.

  9. trevosedental says: Nov 30, 2012 2:48 PM

    Per sctimes.com
    There are memorial funds set up for Tom Decker’s family at two banks in Cold Spring.

    The First National Bank of Cold Spring and the State Bank of Cold Spring are collecting donations. Residents can drop off checks at the buildings.

    Checks can be mailed to State Bank of Cold Spring, PO Box 415, Cold Spring, MN 56320.

    Checks also can be mailed to First National Bank, PO Box 416, Cold Spring, MN, 56320.

  10. dbb1126 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:52 PM

    For all interested.

    A memorial fund for Tom Decker has been established at three Cold Spring banks. Donations can be sent to: State Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 415, 401 Main St.; The First National Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 416, 301 Main St.; and Central Minnesota Credit Union, 202 Red River Ave. S.

  11. gdeli says: Nov 30, 2012 3:33 PM

    good lord that’s nasty. i hope the widow gets his full pay for life. wow that’s bad.

  12. 49erstim says: Nov 30, 2012 3:41 PM

    Just a tragic story. Prayers go out to his family…also thank you to the commenters that posted links and donation info.

    God bless you Officer Decker

  13. jaws278 says: Nov 30, 2012 7:24 PM

    That man put his life on the line daily to protect and serve and restore order. And that scum bag to the life of a man providing for his family…hope that sad excuse of man spends the rest of his miserable life in a prison until the feeling of his sad life leaves his body. #thinblueline

  14. cherrybop says: Dec 1, 2012 7:25 AM

    I wonder who downvotes the comments I’ve read in this thread. Doesn’t seem to be a reason to do so.

  15. frostymugobeer says: Dec 1, 2012 7:28 PM

    the word “ambush” makes one think this was a set up.
    wonder if there could be more to the story ?
    had these 2 men had any previous issues?
    just sounds strange that he would call with a suicide story….shoot one (not both) of the responding officers and then apparantly allow the other to take him in to custody.
    and he was reportedly in a “good mood” when arrested?
    all sounds pretty strange

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