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Brittany Lawonn, Published March 08 2009

Supporters rally for injured deputy

Christopher Dewey may be in Colorado recovering, but local support continues to show for the Mahnomen County, Minn., deputy who was gunned down two weeks ago.

Well-wishers packed Teamsters Lounge in Fargo on Saturday night for a benefit for Dewey, who was transferred to an Engelwood, Colo., rehabilitation hospital Thursday.

Dewey’s sister-in-law, Hannah Bergman, attended the event, along with several law enforcement officials and community members.

“I wish I could go around and thank every individual,” Bergman said as she eyed the burgeoning crowd.

Bergman will leave Monday for Craig Hospital in Englewood, which specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries, to be with Dewey.

Dewey was shot in the head and abdomen Feb. 18 in Mahnomen, Minn.

Two men have been charged in connection with the incident, which led to a roughly nine-hour standoff.

The department is still “shaken, there’s no doubt about that … but trying to get back to a normal daily routine,” said Mahnomen County Deputy Brad Teich, who works with Dewey.

“It’s nice to see the entire law enforcement community come out and support a fallen brother,” he said.

Sue Plecity said she wanted to show her support for Dewey on Saturday, especially after meeting his family members while visiting a friend in the hospital who was on the same floor as the deputy.

“It doesn’t matter where they’re from,” said Plecity, of Fargo, adding it is important to support all law enforcement officers.

How to help

A fund to help the family of Christopher Dewey has been established. Donations can be sent to the First National Bank of Mahnomen, c/o Deputy Chris Dewey, PO Box 378, 103 Main St. Mahnomen, MN 56557.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541