Family, friends and colleagues from the Fargo area will be joined Monday by law enforcement officers from Minnesota and many other states to pay their last respects to Jason Moszer, the Fargo officer fatally shot in the line of duty.
Moszer, 33, was shot and killed Feb. 10 during a standoff with a suspect in a house near downtown Fargo. His funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Scheels Arena, which can seat 5,000 to 6,000 people. The service is open to the public, with doors opening at 11 a.m.
Immediately afterward, there will be a 21-mile procession with Moszer’s family from the arena into Moorhead and back to Fargo.
The procession ends on 7th Street S. in Fargo at the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, where a private family service will take place. Moszer was married and living in Sabin, Minn., a bedroom community of 500 southeast of Fargo. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, and stepchildren Dillan and Jolee.
Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all American and Minnesota flags flown at half-staff at state and federal buildings from sunrise until sunset Monday.
Hours after Moszer was shot, officers found the man believed to have killed him, Marcus C. Schumacher, 49, dead in his home. Police are looking into whether Schumacher — who exchanged gunfire with a SWAT officer after Moszer was wounded — was killed by police bullets or his own.
Moszer joined the Fargo Police Department in November 2009. Before that, he served in the Minnesota National Guard as a combat medic. He was deployed twice — to Bosnia from July 2003 to March 2004, and to Iraq from March 2006 to June 2007. Moszer is the North Dakota city’s first police officer to be killed on duty in 134 years, authorities said.
A memorial sign honoring Moszer stands in front of the Sabin Fire Department, and the flag outside is at half-staff. A poster shows a photo of Moszer. Friends, family and officers have written notes of remembrance on the white border surrounding Moszer’s picture.
Before the University of North Dakota hockey game Friday night in Grand Forks, the rink inside was bathed in blue lighting in tribute as the Fighting Hawks and University of Minnesota Duluth, Bulldogs took the ice.
KVLY-TV in Fargo reports that at least five people are being helped thanks to organs donated from Moszer.
Longtime friend Dawn Schwan said the recipients range in age from 26 to 61.
Moszer’s heart went to a 46-year-old man who waited 1,102 days on an organ transplant list. His lungs were received by a 60-year-old man who waited 375 days. His liver was given to a 59-year-old man who waited 496 days. His pancreas and one of his kidneys went to a 61-year-old man who waited 924 days. His other kidney went to a 26-year-old woman who waited an unknown length of time.