MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- National Night Out provided a backdrop Tuesday for residents to literally wrap their arms around the Mendota Heights Police Department, who are serving through their tragic loss.
Signs were posted everywhere, honoring fallen Officer Scott Patrick, and the community has been doing its best to support his family as well as the police department.
Mendota Heights police officer Denise Urmann was one of the officers who attended the various night out events. It was the first time she put on her uniform since Patrick's death. Other departments have been helping Mendota Heights while its officers grieve.
Patrick was the closest thing Urmann had to a partner.
"Scotty and I shared a squad, we shared equipment, we saw each other a lot," she said.
And on Tuesday, she got a great big hug from those she serves.
Urmann and other officers made stops to more than a dozen National Night Out events in the Mendota Heights area -- a night out designed in part to bring police and neighbors together.
"It kind of lightens the load to know that we're not in this by ourselves," Urmann said.
From giving condolences to cash, people did whatever they could to help. Many bought vehicle decals made in honor of Officer Patrick. They are selling them for $5 a piece. All the money raised will go the Patrick family.
The Truesdell family who owns BT Design is printing the stickers free of charge. They've worked long hours to keep up with demand, printing about 2500 of the stickers so far.
"It's good that there's demand, though. It will help everybody heal," said Dustin Truesdell.
"You don't ever expect it to happen right outside your door, basically," added his brother Corey Truesdell. The company is about a block from where Patrick was killed.
Their generosity is one of many examples of people and organizations showing support any way they can.
"This is a great community to work for," said Urmann. "It's not just our tragedy, it's the whole community's."