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Wendy Reuer, Published August 30 2010

Mahnomen celebrates life of Christopher Dewey

MAHNOMEN, Minn. – Friends, fellow law enforcement and Mahnomen County community members had one more chance to celebrate the life of Deputy Christopher Dewey tonight.

Dewey, a Mahnomen County sheriff’s deputy, was wounded in the line of duty about 18 months ago. He was shot in the head and stomach while responding to a call of a drunken driver on Feb. 18, 2009.

After the incident, he spent a year rehabbing at a hospital in Colorado before returning home to Minnesota.

While home, Dewey suffered a number of medical setbacks and complications. He was placed under hospice care on July 15 after a lung collapsed from complications from a Botox injection he had been given for pain. On Aug. 9, Dewey died.

A funeral was held in Brooklyn Park, Minn., earlier this month where as many as 2,000 officers paid tribute to him.

Monday night’s memorial service was orchestrated by Dewey’s wife, Emily, who wanted to allow the community in which Dewey served to say goodbye and celebrate his life.

“I thought the ceremony went very well. It was good for the community to have their closure,” Emily Dewey said. “I wanted Chris’ life to be celebrated.”

For more on the story, read tomorrow's FOrum.