Former State Patrol Officer Tim Murphy, who died Friday in a car accident, had been on the security team for former Gov. Arne Carlson in the 1990s, driving the governor and his family as part of his bodyguard duties.
Murphy, who was 52, had also worked as an accident reconstructionist and finished his 26-year career working patrol duties in north central Minnesota. He retired from the patrol two years ago.
He died Friday evening when his car went off the road, very near his home just south of Longville.
Carlson — who was in Mexico this week for his daughter’s wedding — sent this note about Murphy, via e-mail:
“He was truly a wonderful police officer, always alert and always caring, particularly for our children. His humor will always be with us. Susan and I were so saddened to hear of Tim’s tragic death.”
Accident reports indicate he lost control of his pickup and wasn’t wearing a seat belt. That surprised many who knew him, because he had worked on so many fatal accidents and knew the dangers of riding unbuckled.