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Forum staff reports, Published June 18 2009

Mahnomen deputy honored for actions

The partner of injured Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Dewey has been named the 2009 police officer of the year for Minnesota.

Chad Peterson, who was finishing his shift Feb. 19, responded to a report of suspicious activity in Mahnomen when he heard gunshots.

After arriving to Dewey’s location, Peterson found two men running from the area, and shot one of the men before they entered a home. The men later surrendered after a nine-hour standoff.

Peterson found Dewey seriously wounded and lying in the driveway of a nearby home. The wounded deputy is recovering in Colorado.

In a CaringBridge Web post about the award, Dewey’s wife, Emily, said without Peterson’s actions, “I’m confident Chris wouldn’t be alive, nor the men responsible in custody.

“Although his modesty would prevent him from taking the credit he is owed, the fact that he was awarded this honor is a testament to his actions that day,” she wrote.