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Michigan Deputy Dies from Memorial Day Parade Injuries

June 01, 2016  | 

Deputy Michael Winter (Photo: Branch County SO)
Deputy Michael Winter (Photo: Branch County SO)

A Branch County (MI) Sheriff's deputy who was bucked off his horse during a Memorial Day parade has died.

The Branch County Sheriff’s Office reported that Deputy Michael Winter died from his injuries Tuesday afternoon. He was 39.

Winter was on parade detail in Quincy when his horse was spooked by a noise. He was thrown off the horse and hit his head, Fox 17 reports.

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APDretired @ 6/3/2016 7:58 AM

God speed, deputy. Based upon the young man's photo, I know nothing about his agencies policy, I assume he was wearing his Stetson in the parade. Cowboy hats and campaign hats are cool, but mounted cops need to wear helmets. Motors, bike cops, off-road details, even Segway assignments wear helmets. I rode for 16 years and after two years of soft hats we switched to helmets. They don't look as cool, but urban mounted units spend their time on asphalt and concrete and it doesn't give when you fall. A piece of safety equipment that may have prevented a senseless death.

kevcopAz @ 6/3/2016 3:32 PM

I agree APDretired, for photos we can wear "cool stuff" when we ark we should wear helmets while on horse back/bikes and motors. May not look cool, but saves us, we would have had a good chance of saving this Brother if he had been wearing a helmet (I assume).

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