Deputy hurt in line of duty passes away

POLK COUNTY, Wis. (RELEASE FROM POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.)-- 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.