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The children and ex-wife of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker gather in their Sartell home. Pictured are mother Becky Decker and children, from left, Jade, Devon, Kelly and Justin.

Family: Slain Minnesota officer 'liked to protect people'

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SARTELL, Minn. -- What 8-year-old Kelly Decker remembers about her dad -- more than playing Nintendo Wii together, more than the treehouse he was building for Kelly and his other three children -- was how he loved to look out for people.

Kelly's dad is Cold Spring-Richmond Police Officer Tom Decker, 31, who was killed late Thursday in what police say was an ambush near Winner's Bar in Cold Spring.

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