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Officer Nick Armstrong remembered as a hero

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Rapid City Police Officer Nick Armstrong, 27, died Sunday at Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of his injuries from an August 2 shooting.

Officer Armstrong was a two-year veteran of the RCPD, and was born and raised in Rapid City.

Nick served as a police officer with the Spearfish Police Department for two years, before joining the RCPD in July 2009. He had been serving on the Street Crimes Unit since April of this year. He was patrolling on a bicycle when he was shot.

Officer Armstrong came from a family that was highly dedicated to serving the public; his father, Bill Armstrong, is a retired Captain with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, and one of his brothers is a firefighter.

Police Chief Steve Allender recently honored Nick with the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart medals for his heroic actions in the line of duty. Sunday, Nick became a hero again, giving new life to many through the gift of organ donation.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Armstrong will be released at a later date.

Three Rapid City police officers were shot during a routine stop on the afternoon of August 2.

Officer Ryan McCandless, 28, died later that day. Officer Tim Doyle was shot in the face, and is currently recovering from his injuries.

A memorial fund has been set up at Black Hills Federal Credit Union to support the officers and their families. Donations can be dropped off at any BHFCU location, or mailed to: RCPD Fallen Officers Memorial Fund, BHFCU, PO Box 1420, Rapid City SD 57709.

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