Fallen deputy Christopher Dewey to be honored at memorial, family seeks help to attend event
FARGO - The name of a sheriff's deputy who died from injuries suffered while on duty in Mahnomen, Minn., will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial honoring fallen officers Washington, D.C, next month.
Christopher Dewey died in August 2010, nearly 18 months after being shot while responding to a report of a drunken driver.
Dewey's name will be added to the memorial and his service recognized during National Police Week, which is May 15-21, according Hannah Bergman, who was Dewey's sister-in-law.
Bergman said family members can't afford to attend the ceremony.
A group of Madison, Wis., police officers have set up a website to take donations to help family attend National Police Week. Bergman recently joined the Madison Police Department as a patrol officer.
"Many of you provided so much support for Emily and the whole family throughout our darkest days," Bergman wrote Friday in a Caringbridge journal entry. "I ask you one last time do lend support to my family."
Bergman said it will be the only time Dewey's name will be recognized at the memorial.
"I would love for all who were close to him to be able to attend this event," she wrote. "I humbly ask that you find it in your hearts to donate to this cause."
Supporters are asked to visit http://christopherdewey.info for more information and to make donations.
In addition, Bergman said Emily Dewey plans to start nursing school later this year. She lives in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Last November, a grand jury indicted Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 34, of Mahnomen faces numerous charges, including first-degree murder.
A four-week trial is scheduled to start Aug. 1 in Crookston.
Dewey was shot in the head and stomach on Feb. 18, 2009, while responding to a report of drunken driving. He died nearly 18 months later.
A second man, Daniel Kurt Vernier, pleaded guilty in 2009 for failing to render assistance to Dewey. A judge ordered Vernier, who is expected to testify against Fairbanks at trial, to serve a two-year prison term.
Fairbanks faces a life sentence without parole if convicted.