DNR officer honored for flood-rescue effort
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Scott Fritz, a
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer who led a rescue during flooding in Houston County in August, has been awarded an honorable mention by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association as part of the organization’s Officer of the Year awards.
A West St. Paul policeman received the association’s top honor. Sgt. Ronald Brent Nagel ended a hostage confrontation at the Retail Employees Credit Union in West St. Paul in May 2007. In the process, he saved a fellow officer who was being held at gunpoint.
Nagel ordered suspect Wilfred Hines to drop his gun several times, but he refused. Nagel then fired two shots, fatally wounding the suspect without hurting the officer.
Also receiving honorable mention is Mark T. Bedard, a Minneapolis Park Police officer who died in November after he was hit by a squad car during a foot chase.