GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson said Thursday, May 28, has been a tougher day for his department, now that the adrenaline is gone and the reality has set in that Badge 639 has had his final call.
"He always had a smile on his face," Nelson said. "I don't care what kind of day you were having — if you came to work, you smiled when you saw Officer Holte."
Cody Holte grew up across the river in Norman County. When he wasn't wearing a badge, he was a husband and the father to an infant son. His twin brother is a member of the Fargo Police Department.
Holte also served with the North Dakota National Guard based out of Lisbon.
"Cody was a selfless leader who spent countless hours preparing his unit for upcoming missions. He led from the front," said Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan.
Funeral services for Holte are still in the process of being planned.
The community is also praying for Cpl. Ron Nord, who was shot in the chest and leg during the incident. He was released from the hospital Thursday, May 28.
Last year, Scheels honored Nord as its hometown hero of Grand Forks.
Former Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost brought Nord to Grand Forks nearly 30 years ago to do the dangerous job of delivering paperwork. Rost was in constant contact with the deputy he has long admired.
He said right now, Nord is dealing with both physical and mental pain.
"When I talked to him last night; he said it was just an awful day, an awful, awful day," Rost said.