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Associated Press, Published December 17 2012

Blue bulbs sold for fallen Minn. officer's family

RICHMOND, Minn. — Richmond firefighters are selling blue light bulbs to raise money for the family of a Cold Spring-Richmond police officer who was killed on duty in November.

A St. Cloud Times report says the bulbs cost $5 each, of which $4 will go to memorial funds for Tom Decker.

Richmond firefighter Skip Halvorson says it's important to show community support after such a tragic incident. He hopes people will turn on the blue lights at night to build a sense of community.

Halvorson got the idea from the Douglas County sheriff's department, which raised almost $900 for Decker's family.

Decker was fatally shot behind a downtown bar as he and a partner were checking on a man who was reported to be suicidal. Decker had two sons and two daughters.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.