City of Red Wing

Officer Shawn Schneider and Line of Duty Deaths

Tuesday, January 10 2012 12:00 AM

JANUARY 9, 2012
Lowering of Flag to Half-Mast Proclamation

Mayor Egan
Council President Rauterkus
Council Members
City staff

I first of all would like to thank the council for accepting the proclamation allowing City of Red Wing flags to be at half mast for one week in honor of Officer Shawn Schneider of the Lake City Police Department.

I know Shawn's family, as well as his extended law enforcement family, appreciate the City of Red Wing honoring the loss of Officer Schneider who was killed in the line of duty.

Officer Schneider's funeral took place this past Saturday and was attended by hundreds of law enforcement and emergency service providers from not only Minnesota, but from around the country.

Many members of our department, along with members of the fire department attended the funeral.

The outpouring of love, support and respect by all who attended for Officer Schneider and his family was truly amazing.

  • On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours.
  • Since the first known line of duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. Law Enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Minnesota has lost 223 officers in the line of duty and I would remind you that two of these officers were our officers.
  • In 2011, 177 officers died in the line of duty in the United States.
  • This is 24 more, or 16% more, than died in the line of duty in 2010.
  • 71 of the 177 officers who died were as a result of gunshots compared to 59 in 2010. Obviously the rise in firearms being used against police officers is concerning and I would remind you that Officer Schneider was one of those officers.

Police officers going into the profession know that it is a dangerous career. 

They know that they may make the ultimate sacrifice some day, just like Officer Schneider did.

They also know that law enforcement is a profession they can be proud of and that the work they do is important. 

In closing I would just like to say that our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the family of Officer Shawn Schneider, the Lake City Police Department and to the community of Lake City.

Thank you.

Tim Sletten
Chief of Police
Red Wing Police Department
(651) 267-2610


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