Police Chief Scott Cunningham made the following statement to the news media Monday evening, Oct. 12:
“Last Wednesday, Sergeant Mickey Hutchens was critically wounded while responding to a call to back-up his fellow officers. He has been fighting for his life for five days. Today, at 6:56 p.m. Sgt. Hutchens died in the presence of his loving family and police friends.
“Mickey was an exceptional person. For more than 27 years he dedicated his life to the service of others. Mickey sacrificed his life protecting the citizens of Winston-Salem. His sacrifice was not in vain. He believed in what he was doing. He spent his life helping others.
“This was true in his death as it was in his life. Mickey was an organ donor, and as we speak, a team of surgeons has removed his vital organs so that others may live. Were he here now, Mickey would encourage every person in this room, and in our city, to be an organ donor, too.
“Mayor Allen Joines has declared Oct. 13 through Oct. 16 a period of civic mourning and has ordered city flags to be flown at half staff. In addition, the mayor has sent a request to the Office of the President seeking authorization to have U.S. flags flown at half staff during this period of mourning.
“Mickey’s family and the Winston-Salem Police Department are extremely grateful for all of the thoughts, prayers and support everyone has provided. In particular, Mickey’s family wants to thank Baptist Hospital and the doctors, nurses and hospital staff, not only for their tireless efforts to save Mickey’s life, but for the compassion they have shown during this sorrowful time. Please continue to pray for strength for Mickey’s family as they struggle through this terrible tragedy.
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Mayor Declares Mourning Period for Sgt. Hutchens
Winston-Salem Police Department web site