Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Seversen

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch Monday, April 14, 2014

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Seversen

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

D/ST Hill

April 22, 2014


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.

Commander Griffin
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.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe, NV SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, Virginia City, NV

April 21, 2014

Rest in peace brother.

PO Olasokan
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.

Tammie Elliott-Gehle
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

Thank you Deputy Seversen for your faithful service. You will be remembered. May God grant your family and agency peace & comfort.

Trooper Joe Dellwo #446
Minnesota State Patrol

April 19, 2014

Your years of suffering are over, brother. You are now in heaven and your body is whole again. Rest in peace. Thank you for your service.

Police Sergeant

April 19, 2014

Mike was a good officer, a better man, a sincere Christian, and an individual who displayed unmitigated heroism before and after he was injured. His unquestioned faith and his unyielding commitment to law enforcement and law enforcement officers was nothing less than extraordinary, and an example to all.

Officer Robert Wallace ('85-'93)
Polk County Sheriff's Office

April 18, 2014

A portion of a letter written by President Abraham Lincoln, printed in the Boston Evening Transcript on November 25, 1864.

“I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic (he) died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
A. Lincoln”

Police Officer M. Reuss
Eagan MN Police Department

April 18, 2014

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 18, 2014

Thank you for your service and sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

April 18, 2014

Rest in Peace Deputy Severson. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Severson Family and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office Wayne, NJ

April 18, 2014

Rest in Peace Sir.................

Officer Thomas Wiederhold, Retired
Fort Worth PD, Texas

April 18, 2014

R.I.P. BROTHER Seversen!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

April 18, 2014

Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
RIP Brother

Officer Kristi Bullard
Richfield, MN Police Dept.

April 18, 2014

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Mike Seversen, friends, Sheriff Peter Johnson and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you close now and alway. Thank you for your service. Psalm 116;15

Patrolman A.S. (Scott) Batson
Cherry Police Department, NC

April 18, 2014

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell PD, WY

April 18, 2014

Thank you for your service and dedication to law enforcement. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Sgt J Walter
Richmond PD Virginia

April 17, 2014



April 17, 2014

Rest in peace Mike, you are in a much better place now.

Deputy Ron Istvanovich
Chisago County SO, MN

April 17, 2014

One of the great inspirational people I have ever met. A true hero.
Always looked forward to see and talk this great man whenever I went to National Police Week. It will be a sad day to see his name on the wall next year.

Survivor Stan Jerlecki
Son of Detroit Police Department Line of Duty Death

April 17, 2014

RIP Brother. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, your family & the law enforcement community. Thank you for your service.

Lt.Robert M.Petty (Retired)
North Bergen N.J.P.D.

April 17, 2014

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