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My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty
My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

  • Grand Rapids Detective George Powers
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman Henry Slater
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman Millard Davis
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman Charles DeYoung
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman George Geng
  • Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Forward
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman George Brandsma
  • Grand Rapids Detective Samuel Slater
  • Michigan State Police Trooper John P. Clinton
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman John Meiboom
  • Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Knapp
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman Francis Gallup
  • Grand Rapids Sergeant Stanley VanTuinen
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman Wayne Vonk
  • Grand Rapids Patrolman Herman Gloe
  • Kentwood Police Officer Lester Barden
  • Montcalm County Sheriff Deputy D/Lt. William McCarthy
  • Grand Rapids Police Officer Joseph Taylor
  • Michigan State Police Trooper Steven Niewiek
  • Grand Rapids Police Officer Daniel Duyst
  • East Grand Rapids Public Safety Officer Bruce VanPopering
  • Grand Haven Public Safety Officer Scott Flahive
  • Howard City Police Officer Eric Johnson
  • Long Beach California Detective Daryle Black
  • Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Britton
  • Michigan State Police Trooper Kevin Marshall
  • Atlanta (GA) Police Officer Mark Cross
  • Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski
  • Monroe County (IN) Deputy Sarah Haylett-Jones
  • Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata
  • Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot

The Police Memorial Day Service is sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Metro Lodge #97, FOP and Grand Rapids Police Department.

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