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    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.
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    My Condolences, May he Rest in Peace

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    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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    RIP. This one hits close to home as he was killed doing exactly what we do as reserves in my own department.

    I hope he is given a police funeral. Gopherpuckfan, if you hear anything, will you let me know please?
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    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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    Rest well Reserve Deputy Wilken. My condolences to your family

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    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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    Deputy Wilken is listed on the Officer Down Memorial Page. May he rest in peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiGywer View Post
    I hope he is given a police funeral. Gopherpuckfan, if you hear anything, will you let me know please?
    Sorry I missed this Kai. There will be a benefit for Deputy Wilken's family on November 14th at Alary's. $10 donation at the door and all proceeds go to his family. Sponsored by the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gopherpuckfan View Post
    Sorry I missed this Kai. There will be a benefit for Deputy Wilken's family on November 14th at Alary's. $10 donation at the door and all proceeds go to his family. Sponsored by the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club.
    Good to know. I'll let the rest of my reserve group know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiGywer View Post
    Good to know. I'll let the rest of my reserve group know.
    PM or text me your email address and I'll forward the flyer onto you so you can do the same.
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    Rest in peace Deputy Wilken. My condolences to family , friends and colleagues.
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    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

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