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Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier speaks with members of the media Monday afternoon about the death of Mahnomen County deputy Christopher Dewey who was wounded in the line of duty almost 18 months ago. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Mahnomen County Sheriff: Dewey will be greatly missed

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Chris Dewey's co-worker and friend Brad Teich describes him as a "Gentle Giant."

"He was just a big kid. He was always the quieter one in the room," Teich said.

After hanging on and fighting for his life for 18 months, the Mahnomen County deputy died at 10:33 a.m. Monday. He was 27.

Hearing the news took Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier and his officers back to February 18, 2009 -- the day Dewey's battle all began.

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