S.C. deputy dies in head-on collision

Officer Down: Deputy Phillip Michael Deese - [St. George, South Carolina]


Biographical Info

Age: 38

Additional Info: Deputy Deese had served the Dorchester County Sheriff's office for almost seven years. He is survived by his wife, child, and two step-children.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Deputy Phillip Michael Deese was killed in a head-on traffic collision. The crash killed the deputy, the driver of the pick-up, and Deputy Deese's K-9 partner, Sonja.

Date of Incident: March 9, 2007

S.C. Deputy To Be Buried With His Police Dog

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- A Dorchester County deputy once named South Carolina deputy of the year and his police dog will be buried together this week,

Sheriff's Cpl. Mike Deese, 38, was killed on patrol around 5:20 p.m. Friday when an eastbound pickup truck crossed the median of I-26 near the Harleyville exit and slammed into his cruiser, authorities said.

Deese and the driver of the pickup, 53-year-old Christopher Burnham Jr. of Summerville, both died instantly, Coroner Chris Nisbet said.

Deese's patrol dog, Sonja, was in the back of his cruiser and also died, Nisbet said. ...Full Story

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