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10-25-09, 05:42 PM #1
Reserve Deputy Michael Wilken
Rest in peace, Michael
Reserves in MN are volunteer, uniformed, non-sworn members of the community who are used by departments for various supplemental needs such as traffic control at parades and special events. Many departments utilize their reserves more than that and allow them to assist sworn officers on calls. Most reserves are either in school to be a police officer, or just want to donate their time to the serve their communities. My old department had a requirement of 8 hours of patrol time per month. My cousin is a reserve with Ramsey County and is also a member of the Water Patrol's Dive Team.
Ramsey County sheriff's deputy dies of injuries from accident - TwinCities.com
The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy who was struck by a vehicle while volunteering at a haunted house Saturday in Maplewood has died.
Michael Wilken, 56 of Newport, died at Regions Hospital early Sunday from injuries he sustained in the accident that happened about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of White Bear Avenue and Frost Avenue, the sheriff's office said. He was volunteering at Fright Farm, a haunted house operated by the sheriff's office.
Wilken had been a reserve deputy for 10 years and has volunteered with the department on hundreds of events including parades, community festivals, parks and water patrol.
"Mike was an outstanding volunteer who loved serving others and gave his own time to help with numerous events in the community," Sgt. Eric Bradt said in a news release. "His commitment is to be greatly admired."
Wilken is survived by his wife Donna and two grown children.
Funeral arrangements are pending.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
10-25-09, 05:46 PM #2
Rest in peace.
10-25-09, 05:47 PM #3
10-25-09, 06:04 PM #4
Rest in peace
10-25-09, 06:24 PM #5
10-25-09, 07:07 PM #6
In my old shop, Reserves were commisioned after an academy and were fully empowered deputies WHEN IN UNIFORM. I had the program for a number of years and we had about 85 of them. Some very good men and women and I really enjoyed working with them. No pay but they were quartermastered like the rest of us and generally worked two to a car.
Bless that Ramsey County Reserve...we need more like him.
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10-25-09, 07:50 PM #7
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10-26-09, 02:28 AM #8
RIP. This one hits close to home as he was killed doing exactly what we do as reserves in my own department.
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10-26-09, 02:46 AM #9
My condolences. My dad was a deputy sheriff reserve back in the day. So was my friend Bob listed in my signature below(legacy link). He was a Level 1 Reserve, meaning he was afforded most of the responsibilities as the regular officers were. He suffered a heart attack while doubling back for his next shift after already working 8 hours while covering for a colleague who needed the day off. Never Forget.
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10-26-09, 08:00 AM #10
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10-26-09, 08:06 AM #11
Rest well Reserve Deputy Wilken. My condolences to your family
10-26-09, 09:52 AM #12
Prayers to family and departmentNever be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
10-26-09, 10:08 AM #13
Rest in Peace, brother.The strongest reason for the people to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny of government.
That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid of criminals. They are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants.” – Jeff Cooper'
10-29-09, 09:55 PM #14
Glad to see the department is honoring him with a Line of Duty funeral. Myself and three other reserves from my department will be there tomorrow to honor his memory.
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10-29-09, 11:44 PM #15
Deputy Wilken is listed on the Officer Down Memorial Page. May he rest in peace.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
10-30-09, 03:04 AM #16The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
10-30-09, 03:11 AM #17
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10-30-09, 11:02 AM #19
Trumpet Call , As The Sun , Sinks In Fright
Sleep In Peace, Comrade Dear
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Rest in peace Deputy Wilken. My condolences to family , friends and colleagues.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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10-30-09, 09:41 PM #20
Went to the service today. It was amazing to see the turnout of reserves and regular officers from across the state, and I even saw Customs and Federal Reserve officers there. I estimate we had over 100 squads in the procession from the church to the cemetary. Never seen that many lights in my life and people were standing on on ramps saluting as we drove by. Got to the cemetary where Reserve Deputy Wilken were honored with a 3 shot salute and bagpipes. Ramsey County dispatch then did final call and Ramsey county badge 900 was 10-7....it was really strong and I don't even know Reserve Deputy Wilken.
About half the squads. Three rows of cars, alongside each other.
The road by the cemetary was completely blocked by squads
Light blue, dark blue, brown, white....we were all there to honor the fallen brother
KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul - Killed Reserve Deputy Remembered Friday
Funeral Held For Reserve Deputy Hit By Car - wcco.comAlpha Phi Sigma Alum - Alpha Delta Chapter
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