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Officer Michael Lee Staples | United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

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Michael Lee Staples

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 1463

Cause: Automobile accident

Location: Minnesota

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Officer Michael Staples was killed when his patrol vehicle collided with a deer that had just been struck by another vehicle on County Road 27, near County Road 20, in Beltrami County, Minnesota at 0730 hours.

After being struck by the first vehicle, the deer was thrown into the air and went through the windshield of Officer Staples' patrol truck. He was on patrol in the Chippewa National Forest's Cass Ranger District near Bemidji, Minnesota at the time.

Officer Staples was a US Air Force veteran and had served with the US Forest Service for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Officer Staples, you are still serving others by being in the hearts and minds of those who loved you and the many people who admired and respected you. Thank you for your dedication and the example of professionalism you provided.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)
February 25, 2017

 

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