Fallen officers to be honored at memorial service

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WEST BRANCH — The Ogemaw County law enforcement community will be holding a memorial service Tuesday, May 15, to honor those officers who have been killed in the line of duty, in conjunction with National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

The day was established to honor fallen officers who made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the law enforcement profession. In the last two years, Michigan lost 14 officers in the line of duty.

Law enforcement is not an easy job. Yet there are many who choose to wear the shield. It doesn’t matter the style or shape of the shield they wore. It only matters that they served with pride and honor. Police officers serve each day struggling to uphold the oaths they swore to. They are charged with the duty of protecting and serving, building a better and safer world for all of us.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the ceremony, which takes place at 11 a.m. at the Ogemaw County Veterans Memorial across from the Ogemaw County Building on Houghton Avenue, West Branch.

The following fallen police officers will be recognized:

2016
Sgt. Collin James Rose, Wayne State University Police Department
Police Officer Myron Anthony Jarrett, Detroit Police Department
Sgt. Kenneth Melvin Steil, Detroit Police Department
Court Officer Ronald Eugene Kienzel, Berrien County Trial Court
Security Supervisor Joseph Peter Zangaro, Berrien County Trial Court
Sgt. Kevin Dwayne Miller, Detroit Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Winter, Branch County Sheriff’s Office

2017
Police Officer Donald O. Kimbrough, Detroit Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Eric Brian Overall, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office
Trooper Timothy James O’Neill, Michigan State Police
Corrections Officer Thomas C. Bunker, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office
Police Officer Jonathan William Raymond Ginka, Norton Shores Police Department

2018
Police Officer Darren Weathers, Detroit Police Department

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