Annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Service

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The annual Peace Officers Memorial Day service will hosted on Friday, May 14th at noon, by Fraternal Order of Police Blossomland Lodge-100.

A total of 20 officers who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty will be honored. Seventeen of the officers listed on the monument, with the other three being former long time members of the Berrien County Community. The event will be open to the public.

The full list of officers to be honored:

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, 1981

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

COURT SECURITY SUPERVISOR JOSEPH ZANGARO
Berrien County Trial Court
July 11, 2016

COURT OFFICER RONALD KIENZLE
Berrien County Trial Court
July 11, 2016

The officers being honored include three 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

The service will be conducted on Friday, May 14th at the Berrien County Law Enforcement Officer’s Monument at Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph, Michigan.

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