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About Todd Besser

Todd was a 16 year veteran of the Elk River Police Department, school liaison for ISD728 (Elk River Schools), 20 year veteran of the United States Air Force, father and husband.  His life and his oldest son's lives were tragically taken in a domestic situation by his younger son on May 9, 2015 in their St Michael home of 15 years, leaving his family, friends and community devastated.  We are hoping to honor his legacy and his love of life by celebrating his life and his commitment to his community and country through the scholarship funds that are supported by the fundraiser fun run.  


About the Fun Run

This is an event geared toward families.  There is a kids run and an adult walk/waddle/run.  Why a waddle?  Todd Besser was known for his walking style, a waddle!

At the event there will be activities for the runners and their families.  Entertainment includes a live band, food stands, exhibitors and more!  As we continue to add different events and activities, we will keep the site updated.


About Backing the Blue Line

Backing the Blue Line is a locally founded non-profit organization composed of law enforcement wives dedicated to supporting the law enforcement community  in Minnesota.  Backing the Blue Line provides resources and emotional support to law enforcement officers and their families and serves as a positive voice in the community.  Together, we are backing those who represent the thin blue line.


About the Officer Besser Memorial Scholarship 

A scholarship is  set up for Elk River High School for a graduating senior pursuing a career in law enforcement.  A scholarship is set up for New Life Church in Princeton for a  high school graduating senior  pursuing a career in ministry.  Our goal is to increase the number of scholarships available every year.


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