Fallen officers remembered at ceremony

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 13, 2015

 West Bloomfield K-9 police officer/handler David Curry attends the 2012 police memorial ceremony with Neko, a full-service patrol dog.

West Bloomfield K-9 police officer/handler David Curry attends the 2012 police memorial ceremony with Neko, a full-service patrol dog.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — A memorial ceremony honoring Michigan law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will be held in front of the West Bloomfield Police Department at noon May 8.


This is the fifth anniversary of the ceremony in West Bloomfield that precedes National Police Week May 10-17, for which events are held across the country to honor fallen officers. President John F. Kennedy first declared National Police week in 1962.

West Bloomfield Lt. Curt Lawson said the Police Department “takes great pride in hosting the ceremony each year to honor those who have given their lives while serving their communities.”


The memorial ceremony will be complemented by members of the West Bloomfield Honor Guard, some of whom will make the journey to the District of Columbia to attend the national memorial services, Police Chief Michael Patton said.


“National Police Week is the week in which we remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their communities,” Patton said.


During the ceremony, the West Bloomfield Police Department will remember two officers in the state who died while on duty since the last memorial in 2014, said West Bloomfield officer Rick Trabulsy, event coordinator. A K9 that was killed in the line of duty in Michigan will be honored, as well.


“We will (also) be remembering three of our former colleagues who didn’t die in the line of duty but passed away,” Trabulsy said.


The Oakland County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit will perform a flyover during the ceremony, and Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste will announce a board-approved proclamation declaring May 8 Law Enforcement Day in West Bloomfield.


Attendees are asked to park their vehicles in the West Bloomfield Township Public Library or Parks and Recreation Commission parking lots and avoid parking at the police station or along Civic Center Drive. The West Bloomfield Police Department is located at 4530 Walnut Lake Road.

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