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Heidi Shaffer, Published July 29 2010

Public vigil for Deputy Dewey to be held tonight

Chris Dewey, a Mahnomen (Minn.) County Sheriff’s deputy shot in the line of duty last year, is “hanging in there” two weeks after doctors gave him two to seven days to live, his uncle Eric Dewey said Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s just being a trooper,” Eric Dewey said. “He’s a strong man.”

To honor him, a public candlelight vigil and balloon release will be held at 7 p.m. today along U.S. Highway 59 starting in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and north toward Mahnomen.

Charene Vogel of Audubon, Minn., who has followed Dewey’s story via his wife Emily’s CaringBridge website posts, is organizing the vigil.

Since Tuesday, Vogel has received at least 30 calls from friends and strangers wanting to participate in the vigil. Vogel isn’t sure how many plan to attend but hopes the line of supporters stretches the 35 miles from Detroit Lakes to Mahnomen.

“I want it to lead to his home because he’s not going home,” Vogel said.

Dewey, shot once in the head and twice in the stomach in February 2009 while responding to reports of a drunken driver and shots fired in Mahnomen, was placed on hospice care July 15 after doctors said air in his

chest cavity is putting too much pressure on his lungs and heart.

Dewey is at his in-laws’ home near Princeton, Minn., with his wife, Emily, and other family members.

The family also plans to hold a benefit to honor Dewey from 4-9 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Cambridge (Minn.) Armed Forces Reserve Center, Dewey’s uncle said.

Online

Dewey’s CaringBridge website: www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisdewey


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