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Adrian Lee, Published February 22 2009

Police officers genuine heroes

We often forget that every day countless police officers heroically put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. Working the graveyard shift at a 24-hour gas station has rewarded me with opportunities to meet these heroes and heroines, and the chance to offer them refreshments or a spot to sit and take a break when they need it. In return, they are quick to respond when their help is greatly needed, and Chris Dewey is one of these heroes.

Dewey is everything your front-page article describes him as, and more. He almost always has a smile on his face when he comes into the store, and is always very friendly and charismatic, and, of course, likes to poke fun at things (mostly the hot-case food). He is the first officer I can remember who comes back to the store and actually apologizes for not catching any criminals that I had alerted the police to.

I’m sure I speak for many people when I say that I’ll be praying for Dewey to get well with few complications. It’s a miracle that he is still alive, and we can only hope he gets better with each day.

Also, a huge thank-you needs to be given to all the different police agencies and SWAT teams who rushed to our little frozen corner of Minnesota to assist with the stand-off. Thanks to their help, a tense situation ended with as few casualties as possible.

Dewey’s wife and family will be in my prayers.