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In Memoriam

The Fargo Police Department has lost two officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their life in the line of duty. May we never forget and always remember what they stood for.

Every day, the men and women of the Fargo Police Department put their lives on the line. Each day could be their last, but danger is an accepted part of police work everywhere.

Jake Wallin

Officer Jake Wallin

End of Watch: Friday, July 14, 2023

Police Officer Jake Wallin was shot and killed when responding to a traffic accident in the area of 9th Avenue South and 25th Street South which ultimately turned violent.

Officer Wallin, a graduate of Alexandria Technical and Community College and an attendee of the American Military University, served in the Minnesota Army National Guard and had professional experience in the security sector. Jake was a graduate of Fargo Police Academy IV and became an FPD Officer on April 19, 2023. On that day, he was sworn into law enforcement by Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski and his badge was pinned onto him by his father. Jake was in field training with the FPD at the time of his death. When asked to describe his interest in law enforcement, Jake stated that being an FPD Officer was an exciting opportunity to truly make a difference in this community. Officer Wallin was 23 years old.

He is survived by his parents, brother and fiancé.

Jason Moszer

Officer Jason Moszer

End of Watch: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Police Officer Jason Moszer was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in the area of 3rd Street North and 9th Avenue North in which shots had been fired.

The subject, who was armed with multiple long guns, called dispatchers after barricading himself inside of his home and told them he was going to shoot at officers. The subject then shot Officer Moszer, who had setup on a perimeter location. The subject fired at other officers but did not strike anyone else.

The man's body was located inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound after an 11-hour standoff.

Officer Moszer was a member of the Minnesota National Guard and had served with the Fargo Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Officer Frederick Alderman

End of Watch : Wednesday, July 5, 1882

Policeman Fred Alderman was shot and killed as he attempted to track a suspect who had used stolen property to pay a fine. The suspect had been arrested for public drunkenness the previous night and was required to pay eight dollars and fifty cents before he could be released from jail. The suspect claimed that he could not afford the payment, and asked Policeman Alderman if he could use his watch and various other personal goods to settle the debt. Policeman Alderman agreed and paid the remainder of the suspect's fine out of his own pocket.

After the suspect was released, it was discovered that the property he had put towards his fine was stolen. Policeman Alderman and his partner spent the day canvasing the city for tips about the suspect's whereabouts. They were given information that the suspect lived on the outskirts of town, and they proceeded to the house at nightfall.

Fargo Police Officers were not equipped with night lanterns at the time, and, in the darkness, Policeman Alderman mistook a neighboring home for the suspect's residence. Policeman Alderman knocked on the door of the home and asked to be admitted. When he received no response, he attempted to force the door open. As he did so, the occupant of the home opened fire on him, striking him in the chest and killing him instantly.

The woman told police that she had mistaken Policeman Alderman for a vagrant who was attempting to break into her house. She was initially charged with Policeman Alderman's murder, but a jury ruled the incident justifiable homicide because Policeman Alderman did not identify himself to the woman.

Policeman Alderman was 25-years old and had served with Fargo Police Department for only two months. He was survived by his wife and brother.

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National Police Week

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.