Police department gives final salute for terminally ill retired officer

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — Police officers in Minnesota gave a fitting tribute to a former police officer.

Denny Preston endured a long battle with cancer and decided to come home for his final days. Preston spent 26 years with the Coon Rapids Police Department and retired 16 years ago.

4 Fast Facts

  • Retired police officer who battled cancer returns home for hospice care
  • Police officers lined the driveway and saluted as he was brought home
  • The officer spent 26 years with the Minnesota department
  • He died a day after the homecoming

The department gave him a police escort for the ride home on Oct. 24. Police officers then lined the driveway to give him a hero’s welcome.

Preston’s daughter, Tami Serna, captured the touching moment. The “Love What Matters” Facebook page shared the video, which has more than 1.7 million views.

It ended up being Preston’s final salute. He died the next day at the age of 72 and was laid to rest days later at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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