Governor Mark Dayton signs bill into law honoring fallen North Saint Paul police officer
ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill designating a segment of Trunk Highway 36 in North Saint Paul to be named “Officer Richard Crittenden, Sr., Memorial Highway.”
“Today, we honor the precious life, exceptional service, and supreme sacrifice of Officer Richard Crittenden, Sr.,” said Governor Dayton. “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/ HF1979), 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 Saint Paul.
Officer Crittenden 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.