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UPDATE: Houghton County Sheriff dies after ‘accident’ at home

According to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, McLean died around 8:00 p.m. Monday at UP Health System-Marquette.
FILE. Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean during a past TV6 interview.
FILE. Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean during a past TV6 interview.(WLUC)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 11:21 AM EDT
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HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE July 19 evening: Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean has died after an accident at his home.

According to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, McLean died around 8:00 p.m. Monday at UP Health System-Marquette.

“The sudden and tragic loss of this man who was both a leader and a friend, is hard to process,” said Undersheriff Kevin Coppo in a press release. “Our hearts go out to his family during this truly difficult time.”

McLean was with the department for 34 years. He recently held the title of longest serving sheriff in the State of Michigan. Details about funeral arrangements will be coming.

The sheriff’s office says McLean suffered significant injuries during an accident Saturday night. His office says neighbors helped him before an emergency crew arrived. No other details about what happened have been released.

TV6 will have more on McLean’s law enforcement service and career on your TV6 News Tuesday evening.

ORIGINAL STORY: July 19 morning: McLean was airlifted to UP Health System Marquette late Saturday night following an incident that occurred at his home.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that his injuries were significant and required life-saving measures that were performed by neighbors before emergency medical personal arrived.

The sheriff’s department posted an image on Facebook of a badge with a black line over the word “SHERIFF”.

There were over a hundred comments sending their condolences.

According to Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, McLean started working for the Houghton County Sheriff’s office in 1982. He was elected sheriff in 1996.

No more information about the incident at his home is available at this time. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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