Seeley: Celebrate A Life Well Lived

Last week was a difficult one for the family of Michael Seeley and for Seeley’s extended family in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.

Many county residents knew of Seeley, even if only through stories that appeared in The Post-Journal over the past few years. His death Feb. 9 from acute myeloid leukemia left hundreds of people mourning the loss of a good man. A family lost a son, brother and father. Chautauqua County lost a deputy who was described in countless tributes as a selfless police officer who time and again put others first.

Robert Dillemuth knows full well of Seeley’s selflessness.

Dillemuth, an Erie resident, was jogging in Hartfield when he suffered a heart attack. Bystanders started CPR when Seeley, who wasn’t scheduled to work that day, heard the call come over the police radio. Seeley was one of the only deputies at the time certified as an emergency medical technician, so he got into his patrol car and, within minutes, used an automated external defibrillator to shock Dillemuth’s heart. Soon after, Dillemuth was breathing on his own.

“Paradise is yours,” Dillemuth said Friday in reflection to Seeley. “Well done.”

Seeley made a difference in our community. Now, the community has a final chance to make a difference for his family. A Fight for Seeley fundraiser will be held starting at noon Sunday, March 4, at the Fluvanna Fire Department. We’re sure the event will be a celebration of a life well lived.