Social media support for fallen officer

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Mourning for Officer Scott Patrick is coming in many forms and from across the country.

There is the memorial at the scene of the tragedy as well as a large outpouring on Facebook and other social media sites.

After reading what happened to Officer Patrick, Matt Meehan felt compelled to do something.

"I personally don't think a family should have to deal with a loss like that," he said.

Meehan is a co-founder of Minnesota Chive, a Facebook page and charity group that helps raise money for various causes in the Twin Cities.

About six hours after the murder of Officer Patrick, Meehan and a fellow Chive partner created a fundraising page through

"Realistically, I thought maybe $500 to $1,000 would be great for this family," said Meehan.

But every time he refreshed the page, the donations kept coming.

"We are almost at $12,000 and we aren't even 24 hours in," he said.

By 6 p.m. Thursday night, 436 people have donated to the site raising more than $15,000.

Across the country, support for Officer Patrick's family has flooded the web in other ways.

On the Officer Down Memorial Page, a North Carolina mother named Stacey Thalmann wrote, "Another hero has fallen...He is now in the loving arms of those who fell before him."

Officer Brad Penton of the Mobile Police Department in Alabama said, "I shed a tear for you tonight Brother. We never met. We never knew each other even existed. Yet we were brothers just the same."

On KARE 11's Facebook page, hundreds of strangers offered solace.

Paul Tillmann wrote, "Rest in peace. The world lost a protector, but Heaven gained a guardian angel."

"This is a perfect example of what a community of people can do," said Meehan.

He has yet to speak directly to any member of Officer Patrick's family, but said he did read a message online that said the family was in awe by the quickness and amount of donations.

The family has set up an official memorial fund through Affinity Plus Credit Union. If you are interested in donating, click here for more information.

Meehan said Affinity will chip in $10,000 to the gofundme account.


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