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Rest In Peace MHPD Officer Ryan Settlemoir, EOW 6/12/2009

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My department borders Madison Heights for 4 miles. We share the radio frequency, we back each other up all the time. We play basketball, softball & cards together. We tease each other about the other one's place but when it all comes down to it, we're work pretty closely together.

Officer Ryan Settlemoir was 28 years of age, with a wife and 3 kids, including a 4 year old son and twin 2 year old daughters. He died Legionnaire's Disease this morning they believe, possibly complicated by Swine Flu. 14 other officers with MHPD got sick too, but unfortunately, Ryan never made it out when things got very bad for him. I would hope they classify his death as a line of duty death, given the nature of the other sick officers, the disease and the benefits for the family he left behind. It's a dark day around here.


Madison Heights Officer Dies

Dozen Other Officers Sick In Department

POSTED: Thursday, June 4, 2009

UPDATED: 2:05 pm EDT June 12, 2009

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- A Madison Heights police officer died early Friday morning after becoming ill last week with flu-like symptoms, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Community Health said.Spokesman James McCurtis said the death is suspected to be related to an influenze infection.The Michigan Department of Community Health hopes to comfirm the type of influenza infection in the next week.Sources told Local 4 the officer is 28-year-old Ryan Settlemoir of Clinton Township.Flags at the station are being flown at half staff.Settlemoir's death comes after more than a dozen officers at the Madison Heights Police Department became ill with flu-like symptoms.A news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m.

video.gifMadison Heights Officers Sickened

The officer was previously noted as being the only one hospitalized, Madison Heights Deputy Police Chief Anthony Roberts said.He was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital.Health officials said at least one officer had tested positive for the flu.Local 4's Dr. Frank McGeorge said the officer who tested positive most likely has the H1N1 flu virus, which is commonly known as swine flu.Because the regular flu season is pretty much over by this time of year, any new cases that are popping up, especially if it's Influenza A, is most likely H1N1, McGeorge said.A cleaning company was called in to sanitize all of the police cars, common areas and locker rooms at the station. And hand sanitizer has been placed at every desk.Also, signs warning people of the possible spread of the flu were posted all over the police station.Roberts said the remaining officers have been working overtime to cover the sick officers' shifts.McGeorge said people experiencing flu-symptoms should not return to work or school for at least 24 hours after their symptoms subside or seven days from the start of their symptoms

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