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Thousands gather to honor fallen Deputy Owen

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By Reed Anfinson

Publisher And the Associated Press

Slain Minnesota deputy remembered as ‘definition of a hero’

Loving father and husband. Heroic military veteran. Selfless law enforcement officer. And a distinctive laugh.

That’s how Josh Owen, a Minnesota sheriff’s deputy killed on his 44th birthday, was remembered by the thousands of mourners at his funeral Saturday on a cold, clear spring day.

Drawn by four horses, his flag-draped casket arrived atop a black caisson in the small city of Glenwood, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. A line of tan-uniformed Pope County deputies raised a final salute alongside first responders, military members, Owen’s wife, 10-year-old son and even his police dog.

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