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Deputy Sheriff Mike Seversen | Polk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Polk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff

Mike Seversen

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Monday, April 14, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/19/1991

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Mike Seversen succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained on April 19th, 1991, as he and Deputy Sheriff Allen Albee, of the Burnett County Sheriff's Office, attempted to arrest a subject wanted for a shooting in Minnesota the previous day.

The subject's car was located near Webster Elementary School, in Burnett County. Deputy Seversen responded to the scene when the Burnett County Sheriff's Office requested additional assistance.

Several deputies, including Deputy Seversen and Deputy Albee, were approaching the subject near the school when the man opened fire with a .32 caliber handgun. Deputy Albee was killed and Deputy Seversen suffered a wound to his spinal cord, causing him to become paralyzed from the neck down.

Other deputies returned fire and killed the subject.

Deputy Seversen remained paralyzed from the neck down until passing away from complications of the wound on April 14th, 2014.

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Deputy Sheriff Allen Arthur Albee
Burnett County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Friday, April 19, 1991
Cause: Gunfire

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My Brother, Mike remained a deputy with the Polk County Sheriffs office until the day he died. His badge number 905 has been retired. Mike handled his life as a Deputy the way he handled his years paralyzed from the neck down, bravely, kindly and trying to help others adjust to their disabilities. He made friends everywhere he went. He was seldom discouraged and bad days came when news of other officers anywhere being killed or injured. He had a heart of gold and because of his "I can do that" attitude he was greatly loved.
We as a family have been thankful for the years we had him to travel with, laugh with, and even cry. The years got harder and as his body aged, he dealt with severe pain, but he just kept going.
Even after all these years we are amazed at the out pour of support. Mike was a true hero in the way he lived his life as a Quad. He was brave and courageous and to him, Attitude was everything.
Thanks to the community and the support of Polk County Sheriffs office (WI) that kept him in the loop and allowed him to do what he loved. Thanks to Craig hospital in Denver that kept him healthy. And in 2010 when his health took a big turn, he had to have 24 hour care and his home health nurses loved, protected and cared for him.

I just miss him so much.

Jayne Wellumson
June 24, 2014


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