Law enforcement officials, family, and friends are gathering this morning to pay their respects to corrections officer Joseph Gomm.

Minnesota Department of Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm was the first state corrections officer to die while on duty in Minnesota.

A procession will cover a 9-mile route, from North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills to Roselawn Cemetery in Roseville. People are expected to line both sides of Snelling Avenue to honor Gomm, who officials say was killed by an inmate last week at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater.

Officer Gomm’s family has asked that memorials be sent to the “Joseph Gomm Memorial Fund” in care of the BMO Harris Bank in Blaine.

Governor Mark Dayton indicates he is not blaming the legislature for what happened to Officer Gomm, but his administration repeatedly told lawmakers about understaffing in state prisons and, “Since 2011, we’ve requested 187 additional correction officer positions. The legislature has provided funding for 15.”

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Dayton adds the legislature approved only a third of his bonding request for security improvements at state prisons and, “The legislature has just turned its backs on the needs expressed by (Corrections) Commissioner (Tom) Roy, articulated very clearly. They put budget numbers in front of staffing numbers.”

Top Republican lawmakers haven’t been available for comment.