BALSAM LAKE, Minn. - A Wisconsin deputy sheriff shot and paralyzed more than 2 decades ago has died as a result of his injuries.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office announced the death of Deputy Sheriff Mike Seversen late Tuesday.
Seversen, a life-long resident of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, was assisting Burnett County Sheriff's deputies in the Village of Webster in April of 1991 when he was shot and paralyzed.
During Seversen's recovery he learned to manipulate a sip & puff activated mechanical wheel chair. Eventually he learned to operate sip & puff controlled fishing rods and hunting rifles designed and built by his good friend Todd Angel of St Croix Outdoors. It was an amazing effort that allowed Mike to pursue his passion as an avid outdoors sportsman.
Seversen 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 including the Law Enforcement Purple Heart and National Sheriff's Deputy Sheriff of the Year.
Michael Seversen died at his home on Monday at age 50 of complications from injuries suffered in the 1991 shooting.
Deputy Seversen's death is classified as a line of duty death. A full honors law enforcement funeral 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.