Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Deputy killed in crash elk was Army veteran

Deputy killed in crash was Army veteran
By KOMO Staff PACKWOOD, Wash. - A Lewis County sheriff's deputy has died from injuries sustained in a collision with an elk near Packwood.

Officials said 34-year-old Stephen "Mike" Gallagher was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle late Monday with life-threatening injuries, but died just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputy Stacy Brown said the Gallagher was responding to back up another deputy overnight on a domestic violence call Monday when his car hit the elk at about 8:30 p.m. near milepost 130 on Highway 12.
The sheriff's office said Gallagher had been with the department fo six years. He previously served eight years in the Army with deployments in Haiti and Kosovo. He leaves a wife and two young children.
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