MHPDE Mourns the loss of Officer Ryan Settlemoir

June 15, 2009

The Madison Heights Police Explorer Post along with the entire law enforcement community mourns one of our own Madison Heights Police Officer’s, Ryan Settlemoir’s, recent passing.  Our prayers go out to Officer Settlemoir, his family and the entire Madison Heights Police Department.

Visitation for Officer Settlemoir will be 5-9 p.m. Sunday and 2-9 p.m. Monday at the Swanson and Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre, Madison Heights.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Antioch Baptist Church, 30588 Dequindre, Warren

 

From the Daily Tribune, June 14, 2009

MADISON HEIGHTS — A Madison Heights police officer who had been hospitalized in Ann Arbor is believed to have died early Friday from the pandemic H1N1 (swine flu) virus.

Officer Ryan Settlemoir, 28, of Macomb Township was airlifted June 2 to the University of Michigan Medical Center from the Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township where he was admitted the day before.

A nine-year veteran of the Madison Heights Police Department, Settlemoir was one of about 23 officers sickened with flu-like symptoms beginning in mid-May, said Police Chief Kevin Sagan.

Visibly upset, Sagan said Settlemoir first joined the department in 2000 as a service assistant and became a road patrol officer two years later.

“He was known as a friend to many fellow officers,” Sagan said. “Ryan’s quick wit, wry sense of humor and often-heard laugh will be sorely missed by all of us here.”

Settlemoir’s brother, Chris, joined Sagan Friday at the police station and described his late brother as a family man with a wife, a son, 4, and twin 2-year-old daughters.

“He was just a likable guy,” Chris Settlemoir said of his late brother.

He added that his brother was coherent but confused when he was flown to the U-M hospital.

“From there it escalated very quickly,” he said.

The officer had a history of hypertension and asthma, U-M hospital officials said in a statement. He died of acute respiratory failure and multiple organ failure. Officials said there was no evidence he died from Legionnaire’s disease. Settlemoir tested positive for influenza A. The H1N1 virus is a strain of influenza A and officials at the hospital said it is presumed that is what killed Settlemoir.

“He was usually a pretty healthy guy,” Chris Settlemoir said.

One other officer tested positive for an influenza A virus but has returned to work.

The police department is working with the Oakland County and Macomb County health departments and the Michigan Department of Community Health.

James McCurtis, an MDCH spokesman, said health officials expect tests to reveal the exact type of virus the officer died from within a week. An autopsy is also scheduled.

Because Settlemoir lived in Macomb County, that county’s health department along with the Washtenaw County Health Department is involved in the investigation of Settlemoir’s death, Sagan said.

A quarter of the Madison Heights police department’s officers were hit by flu-like symptoms last month, but all but Settlemoir have returned to work, Sagan said.

The department’s headquarters and patrol car steering wheels were sanitized by a cleaning crew and the building’s rooftop air conditioners were checked and found not to have any problems.

“We’re doing all we can to find out what happened,” Sagan said.

The police station will be inspected by a company specializing in viral contamination on Monday.

“It is extremely difficult when you lose someone who is family member,” Sagan said of the 75-employee department. “This is not a large department. Ryan grew up in the area. He was a little bit of a jokester and he liked to laugh.”

A visitation is scheduled for Settlemoir from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, and 2-9 p.m. Monday at Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home, 30531 Dequindre, Madison Heights. Services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Antioch Baptist Church, 30588 Dequindre, Warren.

A memorial fund for the late officer’s children has been established; donations should be sent to Ryan Settlemoir’s Children’s College Fund, People’s State Bank, 1800 E. 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071.