Scenes from the funeral procession for Jason Moszer

Lessons in loss MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Isabella and Alex Kirch are home-schooled, but Monday's lesson took them outside their north Moorhead home. The siblings were among more than a hundred people, many in uniform, who stood in silence Monday aftern...

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Lessons in loss

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Isabella and Alex Kirch are home-schooled, but Monday's lesson took them outside their north Moorhead home.

The siblings were among more than a hundred people, many in uniform, who stood in silence Monday afternoon at the Moorhead Armory for the hour-long procession of squad cars.

"This is school," said Liz Kirch, their mother. "The community support, it reminds me of the flood, and I think that's important for them to see."

Isabella, 15, held a sign that read, "God bless," while Alex, 7, held one that read, "Thank you."


"This is history, in a way," Isabella said.

Kirch hoped it was also a lesson in love and respect. "I hope that the family (of Jason Moszer) and the law enforcement see the support and the love of the community," she said.

-- Grace Lyden, Forum News Service

Students stick around in support

WEST FARGO, N.D. -- As quickly as the red and blue flashing lights of police squads descended from the Interstate 94 interchange over Veterans Boulevard here, more than 1,100 rambunctious middle-schoolers stilled to a hush and watched the funeral procession of fallen Fargo police Officer Jason Moszer pass.

All classes of sixth-, seventh- and eighth- grade students at Cheney Middle School, the school Moszer's stepson, Dillan, attends, stayed after school on Monday and formed a line of support that stretched nearly two blocks outside of the school.

"We have Dillan's class up on the corner so that they are the first ones [the procession] saw," Assistant Principal Adam Gehlhar said.


Kelly Holaday and Stephanie Mouta, both sixth-grade teachers at Cheney, said Dillan was in school part of last week. His roughly 90 classmates have tried to show him support any way they can, Holaday said.

All classes at Cheney and Eastwood Elementary, where Moszer's stepdaughter, Jolee, is a student, organized to make signs before Monday's funeral, district spokeswoman Heather Konschak said.

The district was told last week the procession would likely go past Cheney and Eastwood, and that the Moszer family would like to see students along the route, Konschak said. "We were more than happy to do anything we could."

Despite winds that whipped the temperature down to a chill, the students stood for more than an hour outside, most waving U.S. flags or signs with messages of support for the Moszer family and police.

The procession didn't end up going by Eastwood, so some parents shuttled their children over to Cheney to watch.

-- Wendy Reuer, Forum News Service

Flags for a friend


MOORHEAD, Minn. -- George Christopherson, 72, was asked to wear his uniform and carry a flag with the Dilworth/Moorhead Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday afternoon, but he also had a personal tie to the funeral of Jason Moszer.

He has been friends with Moszer's parents, Dave and Karen, for 43 years.

"I was devastated," Christopherson said, recalling the day of Moszer's death.

He was watching the news Feb. 10 during the standoff that would leave Moszer, 33, with a fatal gunshot wound.

"I said to myself, 'I hope it wasn't Jason,' " he recalled. "Sure enough, it was."

On Monday afternoon, Christopherson stood alongside his brother, Roger Christopherson, 79, and Roger's wife, Bonnie Christopherson, 72. Both brothers are in the Dilworth/Moorhead VFW, and Bonnie is president of the VFW Auxiliary.

-- Grace Lyden, Forum News Service

The reality of tragedy

WEST FARGO, N.D. -- West Fargo firefighters Steve Baron and Rory Jorgensen anchored a ladder truck along Ninth Street on Monday afternoon, dropping the flag over the streets as hundreds of police, bikers and emergency personnel drove through in honor of Fargo police Officer Jason Moszer.

Jorgensen's wife is a West Fargo police officer. For the Jorgensen family, an on-the-job tragedy is a daily possibility.

"It's reality," Jorgensen said.

He said those words at a recent Fraternal Order of Police meeting, where officials talked about the importance of adding to a benevolent fund for state officers.

"There, they said, 'We're just one bullet away from using it,' " Jorgensen said. "And I guess now we have this."

Jorgensen and Baron attended a private service for law enforcement and emergency responders Sunday night. They said the death has touched the lives of emergency responders across the community.

The West Fargo Fire Department was represented by 12 firefighters at the funeral, while others stayed on call or along the procession route.

-- Wendy Reuer,

'It's something'

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Lorie Nymark of Moorhead did not know Fargo Officer Jason Moszer, but she still tears up when she talks about his death.

"That hit home really hard," she said. "That things have changed, and we're having violence to the point that somebody lost their life."

Moszer's death struck a chord with 55-year-old Nymark, in part because he was 33 and she has a 32-year-old son. So on Sunday night, she and her husband, Roger, built an elaborate sign, adorning it with blue flowers and a silver cross.

The sign reads, "Honoring all police officers! Rest in peace Jason Moszer."

"For us, it was a healing thing to do," she said Monday, hours before a procession of hundreds of squad cars would pass her house. "The message is love and goodness wins over evil."

From a tree in the front yard, dozens of blue ribbons fluttered in the wind.

"It's something," she said, tears welling. "Not much, but something."

-- Grace Lyden, Forum News Service

An important place

WEST FARGO, N.D. -- Instead of taking their children to school Monday, Jodi and Todd Holston took seventh-grader Jace and high school student Laura to the Family Fare parking lot here.

The family and two of Jace's friends set up lawn chairs along Veterans Boulevard and waited for the procession of Officer Jason Moszer to pass.

"I think it was just as important to be here as it is to be at the funeral," said Jodi, a 30-year paramedic with F-M Ambulance. "What a lesson for where we live, and what a life lesson to be out here. They wouldn't learn that in school today."

The night before, the Holston family and friends made signs to show support of Moszer and his family. As more bystanders arrived Monday, the Holstons dropped by Ace Hardware, where employees gave out free flags.

"It was really nice," said Todd Holston. "We just felt it was important to be out there today."

-- Wendy Reuer, Forum News Service

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