Several funds have been established for the benefit of the family of the Cold Spring-Richmond police officer shot to death Nov. 29 in an apparent ambush.
Thomas Decker, 31, died after being shot twice while making a call to check on a report of a man who might be suicidal. The incident happened in a parking lot-alleyway behind a building in downtown Cold Spring. The man the officer came to check on lived in an apartment above Winner’s Bar in that building. That man was arrested but was later released for lack of evidence. An intensive investigation continues.
Decker is the father of four children from a previous marriage. He and Becky Decker’s children are Kelly, 8; Jade, 7; Justin, 6; and Devon, 5. Decker and wife Alicia were married scarcely a year before his murder.
People may contribute to one or more of the following funds:
Tom Decker Memorial Fund, First National Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 416, Cold Spring, Minn. 56320.
Tom Decker Memorial Fund, State Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 415, Cold Spring, Minn. 56320.
Tom Decker Memorial Fund, Central Minnesota Credit Union, 202 Red River Ave. S., Cold Spring, Minn. 56320.
Tom Decker Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo banks at all of its area locations.
Decker Kids Memorial Fund, Bremer banks at all of its area locations.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.