On March 20th, 2023 Deputy Mike Milmerstadt was training at a gym and suffered a bad headache, later diagnosed as a serious brain injury. Three days later, on March 23rd, Mike's family said goodbye to him.

Mike was an amazing, father, husband, son, friend and deputy. Nothing made him happier than being with his wife Melanie and their boys. He was also a member of Orange County Sherrif's Office SWAT team.

Join us April 20th, 2024 as we pay tribute in the “Ruck for Mike” rucking event to raise money for First Responders and their families in time of crisis. All proceeds go to The Michael Milmerstadt Earn the Day Foundation. If you are unable to participate, please consider making a donation via the link below.

EARN THE DAY

Mike believed in living a fulfilled life and pushing past his limits every day. One of his passions was working/CrossFit, and he would push himself to the max to complete the most challenging workouts. He lived by the motto "Earn the Day," which meant that he never took a day for granted and always made the most of every opportunity. Mike was an inspiration to those around him, always encouraging others to push themselves and reach their full potential.

DATE

April 20th 2024
11am Checkin
12pm Ruck

LOCATION

CrossFit Lions Den
Orlando, Florida
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Statement from Deputy Milmerstadt’s family

We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers, support and love you have shown us.
 
We are devastated that despite all of our prayers, nothing could be done to save Mike.
 
Mike is an amazing, father, husband, son, friend and deputy. Nothing made him happier than being with his wife Melanie and their boys.
 
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.
 
We want to thank Mike’s colleagues at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for wrapping their arms around our entire family, and holding us tight as we made our way through this devastating journey.
 
We are so grateful to all of you who have contributed to the GoFundMe. Melanie and the kids will need all of that support as they attempt to move forward. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THE MILMERSTADT FAMILY