On Dec. 19, Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider was shot as he responded to a domestic disturbance. Several days later he died, and his funeral was held this past weekend. My heart is saddened by this incident, and my prayers go out to God for officer Schneider's family, fellow officers and friends.

In a time like this, I am reminded of how much our Fillmore County law enforcement personnel do to help make our county a safer and better place to live. Not only do they risk their lives when they face situations similar to Lake City, but also as they speed to offer assistance to those in need; deal with criminals; and take to the icy roads to help those in accidents.

I am so thankful for Sheriff Jensen and all of the Fillmore County Sheriff's Department, and pray that God will protect them in their work and guide them as they serve our county.

Mike Hopper