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Area deputy dies decades after being shot in the line of duty

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Polk Co. (WQOW) - A Polk County deputy is being remembered by many.

Deputy Mike Seversen died Monday, due to complications of a gunshot wound. He was shot in the line of duty 23 years ago.  Seversen and Burnett County Deputy Allen Albee were both shot by a suspect wanted for shooting someone in Minnesota.  The suspect was spotted near an elementary school in Webster when the confrontation happened.

Deputy Albee was killed and so was the suspect.  Deputy Seversen survived, but was paralyzed after being shot in the chin.  Click here to read the original synopsis of Deputy Seversen's injuries.

Seversen was the recipient of many awards, including the Law Enforcement Purple Heart and the National Sheriff's Deputy of the Year. 

Seversen died at his home Monday.  He was 50.  

A law enforcement funeral will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School.  Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.

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Polk Co. (News Release) - The Polk County Sheriff's Office is sad to announce the death of Deputy Sheriff Mike Seversen.

Deputy Seversen, a life-long St Croix Falls resident, was hired by Polk County as a part-time Deputy Sheriff in August of 1986.  In February of 1987, he was made a full-time deputy.

On April 19th, 1991 Mike was assisting Burnett County Sheriff's Department in the Village of Webster WI when he was shot and seriously injured.  Due to his injuries, Deputy Seversen was permanently paralyzed.

During Mike's recovery at Craig Hospital in Englewood Colorado, he learned to manipulate a sip & puff activated mechanical wheel chair. Eventually, Mike also learned to operate sip & puff controlled fishing rods and hunting rifles designed and built by his good friend Todd Angel of St Croix Outdoors.  This allowed Mike to pursue his passion as an avid outdoors sportsman.

Mike made his home in St Croix Falls, WI where he lived independently. However, over the years his medical needs grew requiring increasing medical attention. Mike remained active in the functions of the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was the recipient of many awards and formal recognition including Law Enforcement Purple Heart and National Sheriff's Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

Michael Seversen died at his home on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at age 50.

Deputy Seversen's death is classified as a line of duty death.  A full honors law enforcement funeral for Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Seversen will be held at the St Croix Falls High School on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 2:00 PM.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the time of the funeral.

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