Law enforcement memorial ready for dedication
The Michigan Law Enforcement Memorial Monument will be dedicated Saturday afternoon in Lansing.
The Michigan Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund Commission will host a ceremony to officially dedicate the monument to honor Michigan law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. The completion of the monument culminates a 14-year effort by the commission.
Speakers during the ceremony will include Lin Emmert, chairperson of MLEOM Commission; Attorney General Dana Nessel; Sgt. Larry Julian, retired Michigan State Police trooper; and David Hiller, of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police.
Immediately following the formal ceremony, all 588 names of the fallen officers memorialized on the monument will be read by law enforcement officials. The fallen officers served with city, village and township police and public safety departments; sheriff’s offices; railroads; and the law enforcement division of the Michigan DNR.
At least three of the officers to be memorialized have local connections.
Barry County Undersheriff William M. Scudder, was one of the earliest Michigan law enforcement officers to die in the line of duty. He was shot May 14, 1884, while trying to apprehend a man wanted by the court for an unpaid bill. A mural dedicated to Scudder was created at the Barry County Sheriff’s Department in 2010.
Harold E. Anderson, a Hastings native, had served in World War I before joining the Michigan State Police. He was gunned down March 12, 1921, near Novi, as he approached a stopped vehicle. He was 22.
Eric E. Zapata, a 1994 Lakewood High School graduate, was fatally shot April 18, 2011, while responding to a shots-fired call as a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer. A memorial dedicated to Zapata has been installed in downtown Kalamazoo.