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The Eden Prairie Police Department blog provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the people who work there — their stories, their lives, their work in Eden Prairie and their thoughts on topics from driving to dogs.

The Midnight Piper

Post Date:05/14/2020

Midnight Piper 5-13-20Last night at midnight the EPPD was honored to have bagpiper Paul Savereide come to the Police Department and play Amazing Grace in the rain as a tribute to Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

The tradition of the Midnight Piper dates back to the late 1990’s when piper Jimmy O’Connell began playing a solo at the police memorial in Washington DC each year during Police Week to honor fallen officers. Due to COVID-19, the pipers could not honor the fallen and their survivors in the traditional manner, and instead performed a modified version of the Midnight Piper.

The Minnesota Police Pipe Band sent a Midnight Piper to nine law enforcement agencies last night including Eden Prairie. At precisely midnight, pipers at all locations simultaneously played Amazing Grace to honor the state’s fallen officers.

The EPPD would like to thank the Minnesota Police Pipe Band and the Emerald Society of Minnesota for their continued support of law enforcement and in particular, piper Paul Savereide who blessed us with his music last night.

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