Michael J. SeversenPolk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Monday, April 14, 2014
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Seversen
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, it will never be forgotten. May God keep your family in His arms.
Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ
September 6, 2014
Rest in Peace, brother.
Police Officer Ross G Kuesel
Milwaukee Police Department
August 8, 2014
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.
June 24, 2014
On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Mike died.
To the Seversen family, fellow deputies, and all who call Mike beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Seversen gave to his community and the citizens of Wisconsin, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 14, 2014.
Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
May 14, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.
Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office
May 13, 2014
Rest in Peace my brother. It is our watch now.
You are an inspiration to the fight and dedication inside us all. Godspeed.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and all my brothers and sisters of the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Officer B. Ruth
Baltimore County Police Department
May 12, 2014
God Bless you Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department
May 10, 2014
Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Vires et Honorem
Ptlm Frank Kapusta
May 6, 2014
He went to work one morning and did not know
This shift he served would bring such sorrow
This call to duty would be his last
His time on earth is now his past
God set this day as his time to go
Rest in peace Deputy Seversen, now a hero
He gave the ultimate sacrifice
With integrity and pride he paid the price
His family, friends and colleagues will mourn
As an angel in heaven he is now reborn
His golden heart stopped beating
Hardworking hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the very best.
Master Sergeant Jane Hosteny (retired)
Illinois State Police
May 4, 2014
Rest in Peace, prayers for the family.
Deputy L. Barth
Taylor County Sheriff's Department
May 4, 2014
RIP Brother, my prayers for you, your family and agency. Job well done.
Philip Callas, Detective Retired Secaucus, NJ PD
May 2, 2014
On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Mike Severson and the extended law enforcement family of the Polk County (Wisconsin) Sheriff's Office. Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.
I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.
By Jon F. Hooper
"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
April 30, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Seversen's loved ones and everyone at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Rest in peace my brother.
Officer Joe Hoyer
Green Bay Police Department
April 29, 2014
Thank you for your service Deputy Seversen. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace...
Chief Joseph A. Edwards
Columbia Police Department, IL
April 29, 2014
You faced hell, lived with hell and now it's time to be at peace & free. God bless you for your heroic service & may your family find peace in the fact they were loved by a hero!
Mother of a Sgt
Colorado Springs PF
April 26, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Sheriff Seversen's family and friends.
Rest in peace.
Michelle - wife of US Marshal
April 25, 2014
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
April 22, 2014
I remember reading about this awhile age. It is a sad thing to lose anyone. Losing a hero hurts the community in unique way. Those of us coming into the job, however, see Mike's sacrifice and stand ready to attempt to follow his example by putting ourselves in harms way for the good of the community. He inspires. Amen
April 22, 2014
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO OUT TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY. A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT. WE WILL NEVER FORGET. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
Officer Edwin Lara / External Ops
Cook County Sheriffs Office, IL- Honor Guard
April 22, 2014
Our entire Unit sends our prayers to the family of Deputy Serversen and our support to the PCSO. Your dedication to duty and service to this Country will always be honored.
RIP our brother and friend.
MPS/DOPS Special Ops Chicago
April 22, 2014
Rest easy brother, you have stood your watch with pride and professionalism. Go to the promised place where you can look down to see your brothers continue what you have started. Thank you for your service. May the light of Christ ease the pain on the ones you have loved, and those who have loved you in return.
Sean D. Creamer; Chief
TPSU; New Bern NC
April 21, 2014
I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.
As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.
You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND COMFORT IN THE GOOD YOU HAVE DONE HERE ON EARTH.
Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe, NV SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, Virginia City, NV
April 21, 2014
Rest in peace brother.
NYS University Police
April 20, 2014
I always had fun talking to you at NPW Mike. And you always brought many of us to tears when you told your story. But your voice never waivered. You always stood proud...even on 4 wheels. You've touched many hearts Mike...including mine. I will miss you...until we meet again. Rest in peace dear brother for we know you've done yor time in hell.
Surviving Spouse of Miami County, Ohio Sgt. Robert Elliott EOW 2/25/87
April 20, 2014
For Deputy Mike Seversen:
The law-officer faces many dangerous and deadly situations, and all who wear the badge have a reasonable expectation to possibly encounter such a situation almost at any time. Our brother Mike was dealt a particularly harsh hand and universally-feared condition when a culprit's bullet rendered him paralyzed. Our brother- officer's returned fire stopped the murderous intender in his tracks, but hardly soon enough. Almost a quarter century of restricted movement presents a veritable realization of what we risk when we face an armed offender. We regret that Mike would have to become an illustration of such a disheartening fate. We pray for Mike's family, co-workers and friends and we are grateful to those who made his life worth continuing on.
We stand proud in honoring Mike, a soldier-of-the-law who paid a special price to keep others safe, and we render him a final salute.
Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police
April 19, 2014
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