Deputy Chris Dewey Passes
Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Dewey has passed away after fighting for his life the past 18 months. Dewey was shot while in the line of duty in February 2009, and succumbed to his injuries around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 9. Dewey, a 2001 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School, sustained bullet wounds to the head and abdomen while investigating reports of gun shots during the early hours of Feb. 18, 2009 near Mahnomen, Minn.
Chris’ wife Emily updated his CaringBridge site saying “Chris’ long and painful battle is over. At 10:33 a.m. he went peacefully with the Lord.” Dewey’s CaringBridge site has had over 14,000 comments from well-wishers, and over 2 million visits from family and friends.
Thomas Lee Fairbanks still faces numerous charges in the crime. Authorities allege Fairbanks was the one who pulled the trigger. Daniel Kurt Vernier was sentenced in September to two years in prison for his role as an accomplice.
Dewey was awarded top law enforcement honors: the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart for his actions last July, and was also honored by the American Police Hall of Fame.