A plaque was dedicated to fallen police officers Nov. 18 at the Tomlinson Arboretum in Clinton Township.

A plaque was dedicated to fallen police officers Nov. 18 at the Tomlinson Arboretum in Clinton Township.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Arboretum committee honors fallen police officers in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 2, 2018

 The plaque sits next to an approximate 15-foot tall Norway Maple tree.

The plaque sits next to an approximate 15-foot tall Norway Maple tree.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Tomlinson Arboretum in Clinton Township recently dedicated a memorial tree for fallen police officers.

The tree is a 15-foot-tall Norway maple, which stands on the north side of the trail. It was established just prior to Thanksgiving.

“It’s gotten pretty big,” Friends of the Arboretum Vice Chairman Jim Hungerford said about the tree, which was originally planted in 2010 or 2011. “I think it’ll be really neat, the fact that you can see it from the road.”

A plaque reads, “Dedicated to our police officers who have fallen in the line of duty.”

The township recently hosted the first-ever Collin Rose Memorial Run & 5K event to honor the Wayne State University officer who was gunned down while on the job in 2016. Individuals came from near and far to participate, invigorating the community with a sense of empathy.

“It put the idea in our mind that we should do something. … Policemen are dying all the time and it’s a tragedy,” Hungerford said. “We need a memorial.”

Arboretum Chairman Ray Glime said the Collin Rose-inspired event prompted arboretum members to “do something” with the tall tree. It’s one of numerous memorial trees on the property, with dedications honoring anniversaries, newborns, family deaths and the like. Trees were also recently dedicated to Vietnam veterans.

The arboretum also now has about 14 benches, and interest keeps increasing.

“Things are really moving,” Glime said. “We’ve had a great year. … The Norway maple was one of the original trees we put in. It is a very significant tree.”