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Posted on: May 10, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Law Enforcement Memorial



Blossomland Lodge No. 100 LTD

P.O. Box 302

Benton Harbor, Michigan 49023-0302


For immediate dissemination

Fraternal Order of Police Blossomland Lodge #100 in conjunction with local law enforcement, announce the Annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day Service.

DATE: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

LOCATION: Berrien County Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Monument, Lake Bluff Park, Saint Joseph, Michigan.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the week in which that day falls as National Police Week.

Fraternal Order of Police Blossomland Lodge #100 will host the annual Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Day service.

Twenty Officers and their families will be honored at the service, including the 17 officer’s listed on the monument and three officers who died in the line of duty in other parts of the country. These three officer’s either resided or worked in the Berrien County area prior to their service at the other agencies.

Honored officers and their departments are: ¨ PATROLMAN CLARENCE SHOCKLEY Niles City Police Department August 15, 1907. ¨ TROOPER WILLIAM MARTZ Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post March 12, 1925. ¨ PATROLMAN FRANCIS LAMUNION Saint Joseph City Police Department June 23, 1927.¨ PATROLMAN CHARLES SKELLEY Saint Joseph City Police Department December 14, 1929¨ PATROLMAN VANCE COOPER Niles City Police Department March 4, 1937¨ DEPUTY ELTON STOVER Berrien County Sheriff Department December 10, 1965¨ SERGEANT ROBERT STEVENS Benton Township Police Department April 29, 1970¨ TROOPER CHARLES STARK Michigan State Police New Buffalo Post December 31, 1971¨ TROOPER GARY RAMPY Michigan State Police New Buffalo Post December 31, 1971¨ TROOPER STEVEN DEVRIES Michigan State Police Niles Post October 12, 1972 ¨ DETECTIVE/CAPTAIN PAUL WINQUIST Niles City Police Department November 11, 1980 ¨ TROOPER ALLAN PETERSON Michigan State Police Saint Joseph Post August 29, 198 ¨ TROOPER ROBERT MIHALIK Michigan State Police Saint Joseph Post September 9, 1984 ¨ PATROLMAN DONALD DEFORD Lincoln Township Police Department March 14, 1988 ¨ CHIEF KEITH MILLS Saint Joseph Township Police Department October 18, 1988 ¨ SECURITY SUPV. JOSEPH ZANGARO Berrien County Trial Court July 11, 2016 ¨ COURT OFFICER RONALD KIENZLE Berrien County Trial Court July 11, 2016

Former residents serving outside of the area

¨ OFFICER ROBERT POLMANTEER Phoenix Police Department May 4, 1984¨ SERGEANT JAMES FARAONE Salt Lake City Police Department September, 18, 2001 ¨  SPECIAL AGENT PAUL SORCE Federal Bureau of Investigation Detroit, Michigan March 9, 2009

Captain Kyle Bowman, Fifth District Commander for the Michigan will be the guest speaker. The event is open to the public.

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