Tom McCool of the Harrison County Sheriff Department in Texas has reported that Deputy Sheriff Mike Freeman, 61, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle pursuit back on June 28, 2007.

Deputy Freeman was assisting other officers involved in a vehicle pursuit.  Deputy Freeman was on I-20 when the suspect intentionally rammed Freeman’s patrol unit at over 100 miles per hour. 

The force of the collision shoved Deputy Freeman’s vehicle into oncoming traffic where it was struck by two other vehicles head on.  Both of the citizens involved in the crash and Deputy Freeman were critically injured.  Freeman sustained severe head and neck injuries leaving him paralyzed, bedridden, and on a ventilator.

JL Specialty Services was the Harrison County Worker Compensation Claims Service. Reports indicate that they routinely denied multiple requests for medical care.  Unfortunately, Deputy Freeman had to file a lawsuit against the J L Specialty Services and their adjusters to force them to pay for necessary medical care and equipment to assist in his care and mobility.  

Over the years, his condition gradually worsened until he succumbed to his injuries.

Deputy Freeman’s law enforcement career spanned a total of 28 years.  He is survived by his wife, Jan and three children. 

Deputy Sheriff Michael Freeman, gone but never forgotten.  EOW: Sunday, September 8, 2013

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

To learn more:

http://www.odmp.org/officer/21829-deputy-sheriff-michael-neal-freeman

http://www.kltv.com/story/23141587/paralyzed-former-harrison-county-deputy-files-lawsuit

http://m.marshallnewsmessenger.com/mobile/news/ex-deputy-files-suit-over-high-speed-chase-crash/article_6942cf15-55fa-5ff8-ab92-73c5532c6961.html