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June 08, 2014

Craig graduate honors staff members through his estate

Craig Hospital graduate Michael Seversen passed away on April 14, 2014.

The Polk County, Wisconsin deputy was shot in the line of duty in 1991, sustaining a gunshot wound in his spine that caused quadriplegia.

Michael Seversen

Michael Seversen

After rehabilitating at Craig Hospital, he lived independently in St. Croix Falls, Wis. for 23 years, where he remained active with the Sheriff’s department, raising funds for the department and speaking with school groups. Seversen met President Clinton while raising awareness for wounded and fallen police officers.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting using a sip & puff rifle.

“Mike was a special kind of person who had the ability to uniquely impact the lives of everyone he met,” reads his obituary. “This inspirational man was living proof that a tragedy does not have to be the end of a happy and fulfilling life.”

Craig staffers honored by Michael Seversen holding their Grateful Patient pins

Craig staffers honored by Michael Seversen holding their Grateful Patient pins

Seversen returned to Craig frequently for reevaluation and medical care. A member of the Craig Hospital Foundation’s Frank Craig Society, he included Craig in his estate plans. After his passing, a portion of his estate was donated to Craig, specifically to recognize the 3W nursing and Outpatient Clinic staff members. These staffers were each given a special “Grateful Patient” pin in Seversen’s name.

In his obituary, Seversen’s family thanks the staff at Craig Hospital, saying that without their “amazing care and support we would not have had the honor of having Mike be a part of our lives for these past twenty-three years.”

Seversen’s passing was classified as a line-of-duty of duty death and he was laid to rest with a full honors law enforcement funeral in April.

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