Officer Michael Lee Staples

Officer Michael Lee Staples

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

End of Watch Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Michael Lee Staples

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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1463

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Minnesota

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Mike and family, we are but a few hours from the candlelight vigil for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their community.

Mike you and I worked together on “Linebacker”, Rainbows and a few other details. You were always professional and a model of what a Forest Service LEO should be.

I was at the first vigil when your name was placed on the wall 14 years ago and I’ll be there tonight.

I hope the best for your family and may God watch over them and protect them.

I hope you’re enjoying better cigars than those awful ones we had on Linebacker and at BLEO. They were cheap and horrible, but your company and friendship were priceless.

Please be with our colleague who has fallen whilst on duty.
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Be with his family, comfort them and keep them in his absence.
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

May he know that he has served well and grant him peace of mind and heart.
Lord in your great mercy,
Hear our prayer.


May 13, 2017

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