More fundraisers in memory of Thomas Decker have been scheduled.
Decker is the Cold Spring-Richmond police officer who was murdered in cold blood by an unknown assailant or assailants in downtown Cold Spring on the night of Nov. 29. Decker is the father of four young children.
One fundraising event, a three-band concert, will take place at Rocori High School in Cold Spring at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. The bands that will perform are the widely popular Diamondback, the Fabulous Armadillos and Rocket Club. Dubbed “Donate to Decker: A Tribute to a Hero,” the concert is sponsored by Leighton Broadcasting. All funds raised will go to Decker’s family.
There are three other fundraisers in memory of Decker.
Two of them involve local salons. Styles Plus Salon in Cold Spring and Avanti Salon in Waite Park will do haircuts and eyebrow waxes from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. The salons are requesting a minimum donation of $10. The money raised will be used for scholarships given by the Rocori Area Dollars for Scholars. The scholarships will be given to students interested in going on to study law enforcement as a means of honoring Decker and his years as a public servant.
In late December, the Richmond Fire Department began selling blue light bulbs to raise money for Decker’s family. People who buy the bulbs, for $5 each, are requested to put them in light sockets in front of their homes and let them glow in honor of Decker. The bulbs can be purchased at the city halls in Cold Spring, Richmond and Rockville.
In addition, several banks are still accepting donations for the Decker family. Checks can be written out to “The Decker Family” and deposited or mailed to one or more of the following banks.
Any Wells Fargo banks in any city.
The State Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 415, Cold Spring, MN 56320.
The First National Bank of Cold Spring, P.O. Box 416, Cold Spring, MN 56320.
The Central Minnesota Credit Union, 202 Red River Ave. S., Cold Spring, MN 56320.
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.