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Humboldt law enforcement veteran dies while visiting family in Chico

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EUREKA, Calif. - The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office announced this morning that Extra Help Deputy Mike Stone had passed away Wednesday night.

Sheriff Honsal said Deputy Stone was visiting loved ones in Butte County when he experienced a medical emergency and was taken to the hospital where he passed away.

Stone was hired as a correctional deputy in 1971 and he was promoted to deputy sheriff in 1973. He took a break from law enforcement to own and manage Rogers market in McKinleyville. He returned to law enforcement where he held many positions including deputy sheriff, special services deputy, beach patrol deputy, investigator, and the police chief for the city of Trinidad. Stone was hired by the District Attorney as an investigator in 2002 and he spent several years as a Humboldt County Drug Task Force Special Agent.

He retired in 2011 from the District Attorney's Office and was hired by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office as an extra help deputy sheriff, working the airport and court security details.

"The Sheriff's office family will miss Mike's humor, charisma, work ethic, and stories about the good old days," said Sheriff Honsal. "Mike was very proud of his Son, Brent Stone, getting into Law Enforcement. [Brent] is a police officer with Chico PD. You can send cards to him at Chico PD: 1460 Humboldt Rd, Chico, CA 95928."

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