“It’s a good way to remember Cody and what he stood for,” said Grand Forks police corporal Casey Black.
He is one of nearly three-dozen members of GFPD and the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office to make the 1,500 mile trip to Washington, D.C, along with a dozen members of Officer Holte’s family.
“I think it’s going to be good to stand together, we were all close with Cody, we are all going to experience the same thing, we are going to bond, I’ll never lose that bond with these guys,” said Black.
The entire trip for the officers and family was paid for by $100,000 in donations from the community. The local fraternal order of police raised $75,000 by selling replica diecast cars of Officer Holte’s squad, along with a commemorative coin. Mac Construction raised $17,000 through a golf tournament.
“It shows where we work, we have support to work, it’s great to feel it because it shows it’s worth it,” said Black.
Chief Mark Nelson said this trip is an important last step in