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Recently discovered photo of fallen police officer part of annual memorial

The descendants of Hastings Police Officer Albert Jacobson attended a remembrance ceremony May 15 on the grounds of the Dakota County Courthouse. Jacobson (in photo, left) was shot and killed July 10, 1894 while pursuing a burglary suspect. Submitted photo courtesy of Samantha Chavez Photography

HASTINGS — A photo of Hastings police officer Albert Jacobson gazed out at his descendants during a May 15 ceremony on the green near Sibley Street.

Jacobson and other fallen Dakota County officers were honored as part of the annual Hastings Police open house. The event coincided with Police Week, when the nation honors men and women who have served or sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

Jacobson was shot to death July 10, 1894, while pursuing a burglary suspect. He is the first and only Hastings officer killed in the line of duty.

Through the years, former Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell and current Chief Bryan Schafer made public appeals for relatives of Jacobson to share photographs or other mementos. Their efforts finally paid off last year, when his great-granddaughter Gloria Hagestuen came forward. She shared two family photos of her ancestor, who was 33 when he was killed.

Hagestuen attended last week's ceremony with Jacobson's great- great=granddaughters and great-great-great-grandchildren.

Schafer presented her with an "End of Watch" cross donated by retired Hastings officer Richard Brown.

Jacobson left four children behind, including 5-year-old Albert H. "Ollie" Jacobson. The boy grew up to become a Hastings policeman in 1928 and the chief of police in 1941.

In 1997, Albert Jacobson's name was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Hasting Police Department plans to erect a permanent memorial to Jacobson.

During the ceremony, Schafer also announced the 2017 and 2018 Police Department award recipients. Officers who were recognized for their outstanding work include:

Life Saving Award, 2017

  • Officer Geoffrey Latsch
  • Officer Mike Schmitz
  • Officer Craig Nowlan
  • Officer Brock Bukkila
  • Officer Blake Nosal

Life Saving Award, 2018

  • Officer Craig Nowlan
  • Officer Dan Tollefson
  • Officer Sam Beuch
  • Officer Blake Nosal

Medal of Commendation, 2017

  • Officer Geoffrey Latsch

Medal of Merit, 2018 Officer

  • Geoffrey Latsch 2018
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William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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