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Sheriff's Deputy Injured On Day He Retires, Loses Leg

Sheriff's Deputy Injured On Day He Retires, Loses Leg

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Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

October 12, 2010

GROVELAND TWP. — An Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy had to have his leg amputated below the knee after a traffic accident that occurred following his retirement party.

Deputy Keith Palmer was riding on a motorcycle Friday, Oct. 8 when he was involved in a collision with another motorist.

“It’s very, very sad,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard, “especially on a day that should have been a celebration of his career. “We’re doing all we can to help him and his family.”

Sheriff’s officials said the accident happened the same day as Palmer’s last day, celebrating his 28 years on the job, police said.

Palmer was heading northbound on Dixie Highway and had stopped at a traffic light at the Grange Hall Road intersection.

Another motorist heading north fell asleep at the wheel, drifted into the other northbound lane and struck Palmer, Michigan State Police said.

He was taken to Genesys Hospital.

Troopers said alcohol was not involved and it is suspected the motorist, a 22-year-old woman from Grand Blanc, had fallen asleep. She had only minor injuries.

Sheriff’s officials said Palmer is in good spirits despite the accident and surgery.

He was assigned to the Oakland County Circuit Court detention area.


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    NCSO614

    over 3 years ago

    424 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers for you Deputy Palmer. Thank you for your dedicated service to Law Enforcement.

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    Drill_Sergeant

    over 3 years ago

    142 Comments

    Very sad. There's more than 1 silver lining though, something tells me this deputy will be quick to recognize them. I wish him a speedy recovery and a happy, richly deserved retirement.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41144 Comments

    My prayers for a real quick recovery Deputy Palmer.

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    Hope he recovers quickly...

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 3 years ago

    15114 Comments

    Get well soon Deputy Palmer.

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    TheSarge

    over 3 years ago

    1452 Comments

    Deputy Keith, on behalf of the whole PoliceLink community, we are saddened with this tragic accident. We trust you will heal up soon and begin a very long and peaceful retirement.

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    grant319

    over 3 years ago

    1208 Comments

    Get Well Soon my friend.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10910 Comments

    Get well soon, Deputy Palmer.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    OMG.. That is so sad.... Wishing u a very speedy recovery and my prayers go out to you......

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    Lilly_C

    over 3 years ago

    1080 Comments

    Very sad, I wish a very fast recovery.

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    over 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    Thanks for your service Deputy Palmer, I hope you recover quickly

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    NewYork911

    over 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Thank you sir for your 28 years of Service....Get well brother..

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    Richard_Ramirez

    over 3 years ago

    122 Comments

    How come this does not happen to bad guys when they retire?
    Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Thank you for 28 years of Loyola service.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    A speedy recovery and may God Bless you sir, Thank you for your years of service.

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    Woody85

    over 3 years ago

    90 Comments

    Wow thats horrible! Sorry about the loss of your leg. Thank you for your service Sir.

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