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Published August 10 2012

Longtime deputy fired, appealing termination

MOORHEAD – A decorated Clay County deputy has been fired but is appealing his termination, a county official said Friday.

Deputy Ryan Carey, a recipient of the Combat Cross Award and multiple K-9 unit honors, was fired on July 25 and is now appealing his termination, Human Resources Director Darren Brooke said.

Both Brooke and Sheriff Bill Bergquist said they can’t comment on the firing at this time.

Carey has been a deputy with Clay County since June 11, 2001, Brooke said.

Carey, along with two other deputies, received the Combat Cross in 2009 for their actions during the search for and shootout with Vincent Degidio Jr., who was later sentenced to 29 years for kidnapping and firearms charges.