MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. — In the hours after Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was killed Wednesday, tributes poured in from across Minnesota from fellow police officers and the many strangers he helped.

They remembered Patrick, 47, not just for his decades of law enforcement service, but his determination to go above and beyond in no situation too small — whether it was to banter with employees at a Mendota Heights gas station he often stopped in or the 17-year-old he visited in the hospital days after she was hit by a car. “He was just that kind of guy,” one wrote online.