Local benefit set for Mahnomen deputy Dewey
When Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey was shot in the line of duty in February, it was a shock to many.
Dewey survived gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen, but not without many medical challenges. He is in Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., improving daily. For updates, go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisdewey.
But back home, benefits are popping up here and there for Dewey and his family. Detroit Lakes is no exception.
On Friday, May 8, the Becker and Mahnomen County Sheriff's offices are hosting Dollars for Dewey in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Live music begins at 7 p.m., with the DL Jaycees selling beer from 6 p.m. until midnight.
There will be live music from Tim Eggebraaten and Vincent and the Van-Goes from 7 p.m. until midnight. There will also be meat raffles and other raffles throughout the night.
There is no cover charge, but a $5 donation is suggested at the door. All proceeds will go to Dewey and his family.
"I am an attorney with Thorwaldsen, Malmstrom & Majors. One of my privileges in this job is that I serve as the Mahnomen City Prosecutor," Brian McDonald said. "I interact with Chris and his fellow deputies on a weekly basis."
McDonald said he felt shock when he first heard the news about Dewey and felt he needed to do something to help out the family.
"I am a fairly new member to the Jaycees, but in my short time with the club, I know they are very good at helping people out and raising money. Frequently, the way the Jaycees raise money is to serve beer. When you combine cold beer with great music and a great cause to support, you have an event that people will show up to."
McDonald said he approached Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier and Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon to see if they would get involved in the event.
"After getting the sheriffs' support, I bounced the idea off friend and veteran Jayceer Matt Boeke and he suggested we at least bring it up," McDonald said.
He brought it up at a Jaycees meeting and received the support he wanted. From there a committee started planning and here they are, ready to host the event Friday.
"I'm thankful to my fellow Jaycees for helping me organize this and proud of the local businesses for their support. We're really lucky to have people in this town like Tim Eggebraaten and the members of Vincent and the Van-Goes (John Hutchinson, Corey Bliss, Joe Wambach and Bill Mohn), who are willing to donate their time and talents to a cause like this."
Krier went to visit Dewey in Colorado April 16-21. He said he's got the right attitude -- only wanting to get stronger so he can come home.
"He hadn't talked and we got him to talk to us a bit, so that was good," Krier said. "He wants to get back and he wants to start working out again.
"So his mindset is good, it's just the rollercoaster ride he's been going through, I wouldn't wish that on anybody."
Dewey is working on physical therapy and speech therapy. From laying in bed for so long, his muscle have gone lax and need to be trained again. He works on his therapy Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Krier said.
He suffered a setback last Friday. He had a seizure, his first since the shooting. Krier said it was due to trauma, and doctors said it was amazing this was his first seizure.
"The doctors were like 'Gee, if that's only one and he's had this much trauma, that's good,'" he said.
Dewey has been going between Craig Hospital (for the therapy and recovery) and Swedish Hospital (where he went for his surgery), which are connected to one another by a skyway.
He was projected to return to Minnesota today (Wednesday), but due to the setback, it's unclear when he'll be able to return, Krier said.
Doctors are talking with Dewey about his options once he returns. He might be able to be in Fargo at SouthPointe for therapy, or he may go to Minneapolis and stay with his parents and do his therapy there.
"When I talked to him, I was lifting up his bed a little bit and asked 'you want to sit up a bit more' and he said, 'I want to go back to my room and start working out again.'
"OK, that's what I want to hear."
Krier said Dewey isn't having any difficulties with his liver, which was nicked when he was shot.
Until Dewey can come home, there will events to support his recovery.
"Most of our department plans on being there," Krier said of the Friday benefit.