The Dodge County Court House flag remained at half-mast last week in honor and in mourning of the loss of Dodge County Sheriff's Office Captain, Loring Guenther. Captain Guenther was loved and respected by fellow officers and the public.
Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
The sheriff's department is somber this week, the sadness and disbelief echoes through the hallways. They are missing their "go to guy," friend and confidant.
Dodge County Sheriff's Office Captain Loring Guenther was laid to rest on September, Saturday 14. Loring suffered a heart attack and passed away at his home in Kasson on September 10.
Loring grew up in Crystal, Minnesota and moved to Dodge County and began working at the sheriff's department in 1994. He was promoted to training officer Sergeant in 2005 and to Captain in 2009.
"He was a leader," said Investigator Scott Rose. Rose was appointed as the family liaison after Loring's death. He said Loring was not only a colleague but also one of his best friends.
He was the type of leader people would follow voluntarily, even if he had no title or position. "He was our go to guy for everything, the department just won't be the same without him." Rose described Loring the same as he knows the rest of his department does, strong, steadfast, dedicated, kind and humble. He was instrumental in making the sheriff's department a better place to work and making it better in the way it serves the county.
"He was one of those guys who always strived to do the right thing and could care less who knew about or recognized his involvement. This characteristic was seen year after year as he worked tirelessly to better our department, always being an instrumental part in accomplishing all of the great improvement we've seen over the years, yet crediting everyone else for getting it done."
Russell H Ewing once said, "A boss creates fear, a leader, confidence. A boss fixes blame a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.
"Loring was a leader," Rose said. "Loring was one that believed the purpose of life was to be useful, honorable, compassionate and to make a difference." He was all of those.
Rose said it's overwhelming to think about how many people it will take to fill the shoes of this one man and take on everything he did at the department on a daily basis.
He also urged the sheriff's department to continue to take care of, Loring's wife, Deb.
"This duty doesn't end at the funeral. It won't end next week, or next month. This duty will be carried as long as we are able, that is what Loring would have done for any one of us."
"Loring had the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and always stood up for his guys, often carrying this burden on his shoulders alone. Loring was a leader because of the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. He wasn't one to manage and manipulate, he was one to lead and inspire by example."