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Governor signs bill for Hwy. 36 Crittenden memorial
On April 3, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill establishing a portion of Highway 36 as a the “Officer Richard Crittenden Sr. Memorial Highway.
“Today, we honor the precious life, exceptional service, and supreme sacrifice of Officer Richard Crittenden, Sr.,” Dayton said. “Although we can never repay Officer Crittenden for his heroic sacrifice, or fill the terrible void felt by his family, friends, and fellow officers, this action will help honor his memory and heroic service for many years to come.
The legislation (SF 1892/HF 1979), authored by Representative Leon Lille and Senator Charles W. Wiger, honors the life and memory of Officer Crittenden by naming the segment of Trunk Highway 36 within the city limits of North St. Paul.
Crittenden was killed responding to a domestic violence call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009. He had served with the North St. Paul Police Department for nine years, and previously served with the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office for four years. He served in Vietnam with the United States Army. Officer Crittenden is the first North St. Paul Police Officer ever to have been killed in the line of duty.
A statue in front of the North St. Paul Fire Department is the bronze likeness of Crittenden holding the hand of his young granddaughter, a memorial unveiled a year after his death.
He had numerous nicknames, such as “Grandpa Rick,” and was known for his sharp wit and his big heart for youngsters, especially his grandchildren.
— Kaitlyn Roby