Show of support for law enforcement
When Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette put the call out for the community to show its support for the Fargo officer who was shot and killed on duty last week Camille Nisius and Sherri Tatro were quick to respond. Nisius and Tatro work at the RDO Trucking office in Park Rapids and Friday morning wrapped pillars at the building in blue felt and hung a sign reading: “R.I.P. Officer Moszer - Community Strong.”
When tragedy hit the Fargo P.D., Fargo community and law enforcement as a whole Frette turned to Facebook challenging Park Rapids to wear blue to show its support for law enforcement and to the family of Officer Jason Moszer. Nisius is the trucking manager at the Park Rapids office and Tatro is her assistant. “We decided to show our support, not only for Fargo but to our local police department as well,” Nisius said. Tatro knows all too well what can happen when law enforcement officers are on the job. Her husband, Jerry Tatro, spent 34 years in law enforcement and retired as chief deputy with the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office.
“They are underappreciated and when you get an inside view of what officers go through you know they sacrifice a lot,” Sherri said. “They have to spend a lot of time away from family. And when they get called out in the middle of the night they just don’t know what’s out there.” Sherri said police officers just don’t know who is in the car they pull over, who is behind the door they knock on - especially the calls in the middle of the night. Camille wants people to appreciate all law enforcement, but especially the Park Rapids officers who are here serving the community. She said police officers across the country seem to be getting a lot of negative press. And that’s why she and Sherri were quick to show their support.
“It’s the least we can do. We all need to pull together at a time like this,” Camille said. “We need to turn this thing around and remember they’re out there to protect us.”
Frette has been a police officer for nine years and has attended six law enforcement funerals and each time he sees communities show an outpouring of love and respect.
“Ultimately, the goal hear is to show our support,” Frette said. “It shows the family that there’s a lot more than just Fargo dealing with this.”
He added it’s a huge loss for Fargo P.D. and it’s important for people to appreciate the extremely difficult and dangerous job law enforcement faces every day. And with negative attention law enforcement has seen across the country recently it’s important for people to trust and support their local law enforcement.
“We don’t always get to see or deal with people that do like us, we see them when they’re at their lowest point,” Frette said. “But ultimately, we want to show our community that they can come to us. We want to have this community’s support and we want them to trust us.”
Even though officers often see a lot more negativity on the job than positivity Frette says he knows the support is there. They get “thank yous” at the store or get handed a gift card at a local restaurant. “We don’t expect people to buy us anything but it’s an awesome feeling when that happens,” he said. “It truly does make us feel appreciated.”
When an officer is killed on duty, as was the case in Fargo, it brings to the forefront the possibility of something like that happening anywhere. The potential is there every shift with every officer and every agency in every town. Frette was once injured on the job while wrestling with someone resisting arrest.
“The scary part is Park Rapids has had numerous times where something like this could happen,” he said. “That’s why we train the way we do.” The good law enforcement does, and the support they receive is important, knowing any number of calls could end tragically. “It truly does make us feel appreciated. If something like that happened here we know our community is here to support us,” Frette said. “We love our job and we love helping people. Every single day we know what we’re doing is the right thing.”
The funeral for Officer Jason Moszer is Monday, Feb. 22 as Scheels Arena in Fargo. Representatives of law enforcement agencies throughout the region and across the country are expected to attend.