GoFundMe Created For Branch County Officer Killed At Memorial Day Parade
A GoFundMe has been created for Deputy Michael Winter, who died after being thrown from his horse at a Memorial Day parade in Quincy.
Deputy Winter, 39, was working parade detail in Quincy when his horse was spooked by a noise. He was thrown off and suffered a head injury. He died the next day.
According to a statement from Branch County Sheriff John Pollack from the department's Facebook page,
The Branch County Sheriff's Office sadly reports that on Tuesday May 31, 2016 at approximately 13:45, Deputy Michael Winter succumbed to his injuries. The family has decided to make the gift of life by the donations of his organs. Deputy Winters will be on life support for the next 24 to 48 hours. Please keep Deputy Winters family in your thoughts and prayers. If anyone wishes to donate to the Winters' family, donations will be accepted at the Sheriff's Office.
The Branch County Sheriff's Office wishes to express their deepest sympathy to the family of Deputy Winters. He will be greatly missed by all of us his co-workers and fellow law enforcement family. We shall always remember him for his service to his country, to the Branch County Sheriff's Office and to his family.
We all wish to express our sincere thanks to the Quincy Fire Department, the Quincy Police Department, the Quincy Reserve Police and Life Care Ambulance for their quick actions in trying to save Deputy Winter.
Sheriff C. John Pollack
Branch County Sheriff's Office
Condolences to the deputy's family and department have come from law enforcement from across Michigan and the nation including Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller who said, "Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and The Branch County Sheriff's Office."
If you'd like to contribute to assist the Winter family, here is the GoFundMe link.