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Brittany Lawonn, Published May 16 2009

Local law enforcement honor fallen, support Dewey

As one of their own continues to fight for recovery after being shot in the line of duty, local law enforcement gathered Friday to honor fallen comrades and pray for Deputy Christopher Dewey.

During a memorial ceremony honoring law enforcement, Mahnomen County (Minn.) Sheriff Doug Krier recounted how the events unfolded early Feb. 18.

“I heard the four words that I thought I would never hear in my career – ‘Shots fired. Officer down,’ ” Krier said, adding the second hardest thing that day was telling Dewey’s wife, Emily, what had happened.

But the incident also showed Krier that the law enforcement community stretches deeper than he imagined, he said. More than 150 officers from 18 different agencies responded within four hours of the shooting.

An officer was by Dewey’s side at all times until he left for Denver, where he remains hospitalized and the support has continued, Krier said.

“The family of law enforcement is not only here, it’s all across the nation,” he said.

East Central Judicial District Judge Wickham Corwin thanked law enforcement in attendance of the ceremony honoring the 133 officers nationwide who died in the line of duty in 2008.

Because of law enforcement, residents in the community are free from fear and able to sleep knowing that if help is needed it will come, he said.

“We must never forget that such things do not just happen,” Corwin said. “We owe our safety and our peace of mind to the few who protect the many.”


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