Deputy Michael Milmerstadt taken off life support

The SWAT deputy who suffered a head injury last week during an off-duty workout was a graduate of Ocoee High School.

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Orange County Sheriff Deputy Michael Milmerstadt was off-duty training at a gym Monday, March 20, when he suffered a serious head injury. He has been on life support since that day until his organs could be donated. The donation was completed Sunday, March 26.

Milmerstadt was well known in West Orange County and was a 2009 graduate of Ocoee High School.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Milmerstadt’s wife, Melanie, and their two young sons, and donations can be made at

The family made a statement on the GoFundMe page: “Mike loved his family, loved his work and his colleagues, and loved mixed martial arts. His dedication to all of those things made him a great husband, father, deputy and fighter. We know he’s been fighting all week in the most important bout of his life. His departure leaves a painful void that can never be filled.”


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