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Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Winter | Branch County Sheriff's Office, Michigan Branch County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

Deputy Sheriff

Michael Arthur Winter

Branch County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 565

Military veteran

Cause: Animal related

Incident Date: 5/30/2016

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Deputy Sheriff Michael Winter succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was thrown from his horse while on a special detail at the Memorial Day Parade along West Chicago Street in Quincy, Michigan.

He suffered a severe head injury when something spooked the horse near the intersection of West Chicago Street and West Street, causing it to buck and throw him. He was flown to a hospital in Indiana where he was taken off of life support the following day so his organs could be donated.

Deputy Winter was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Branch County Sheriff's Office for five years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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As a Cowgirl I feel an extreme kinship with those LEO's who are a member of a Department's Mounted Unit. Back in August, 2004 I had the same accident with my horse. Massive head injuries, paralyzed from the shoulders down, and had a near death experience. 4 hours later I walked out of UMC, Las Vegas, Trauma Unit with 100 stitches in the back of my scalp, and a mild headache. I received a miracle that day, but I want to tell both families of Blood and Blue, life and death sit one on top of each other. It's instantaneous, and there is no pain. You stand immediately before our Heavenly Father who welcomes us home, or like myself, allowed me, through His Grace and Mercy to return. I have often wondered why He granted me the opportunity to return. After all these years I now understand why. It was to give the families comfort to know he didn't suffer, and he was welcomed home. He is the first person since 2004 that had the identical horse accident as I did, and I am a retired Aux LEO here in Michigan. Be comforted. Because of his love of horses I believe he has stood and watched herds of horses that have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge like my Danny, a retired Police Horse, run past him in beauty and freedom. Manes and tails caught by the wind, and blowing in the wind of running. Be comforted. God is with you. He knows your pain. Much love, Nancy, just a humble Cowgirl.

Nancy Richards
Aux. LEO (ret), Michigan
August 10, 2016


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