Local Cops to Hold Basketball Tournament for Slain Cold Spring Officer

Dakota County law enforcement will take to the hardwood on March 16 to raise money for the family of Tom Decker, a Cold Spring officer who was gunned down in the line of duty last year.

The boys in blue are going to face off on the basketball court for a good cause: Officers from all over Dakota County are on deck to play in a basketball tournament to raise funds for the family of Cold Spring Officer Thomas Decker.

Decker died Nov. 29, 2012, after he was shot while responding to a call at a bar. So far, the investigation has not yielded anything conclusive, though one "person of interest" killed himself after a standoff in early January. The case remains unsolved.

The tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Apple Valley High School. The public is invited and admission is free. Anyone who wants to donate to Decker's family can do so at the tournament itself, or they can send money to the following memorial funds:

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
State Bank of Cold Spring
Post Office Box 415
Cold Spring, MN 56320

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
First National Bank of Cold Spring
Post Office Box 416
Cold Spring, MN 56320

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
Central Minnesota Credit Union
202 Red River Avenue South
Cold Spring, MN 56320

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo Bank

For more information regarding this tournament, please contact Sgt. Booker Hodges at 651-438-4750 or at booker.hodges@co.dakota.mn.us.

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