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Christopher Dewey is awarded Purple Heart

Christopher Dewey, the Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy who was shot in the line of duty in February, has been awarded the Purple Heart.

Dewey has also received the Medal of Honor on behalf of the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office and the community of Mahnomen County.

Both awards were given to Dewey by Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier, who posted the award information on Dewey's CaringBridge Web site Thursday night. Krier is visiting Dewey in Englewood, Colo., where Dewey is recovering from his injuries.

According to Krier, he was contacted by an officer with the Melborn Police Department in Florida, who has been Dewey's story online. The officer, John Pasko, contacted The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, Fla., and nominated Dewey for the Purple Heart.

Krier said he received a letter from Jack L Ricnchich, the national president, late last week stating that Dewey had won the award.

Joining Krier in the award presentation were Jerry Whittman, the chief of police in Denver; officers Danny Vieth, Henry Jones, and Dean Christopherson of the Denver Police Department; Commander Sam Watson and Sgt. Reed McGrath of the Englewood Police Department.