Honoring fallen officers

May 19, 2023

Police officers bow their heads in prayer.

Honoring fallen officers

HART — Police officers from several Oceana County agencies gathered on the courthouse lawn Friday, May 19, for a Police Officers Memorial Service, honoring the men women of law enforcement who died in the line of duty.

Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast

Oceana County Sheriff Mast made the introduction, and guest speaker was Hart Mayor Vicki Platt, who is the Oceana County Jail nurse.

“Thankfully, Oceana County has not suffered the loss of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty,” said Sheriff Mast. “Our

Hart Mayor Vicki Platt

brothers and sisters at MSP — Hart post — have had to bear this tragedy. On Sept. 9, 2013, Trooper Paul Butterfield tragically died as a result of a traffic stop in Mason County. Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Custer Road, near Townline Road, in Mason County at approximately 6:20 p.m.”

The Rev. David Sill of the Shelby Road Baptist Church gave the opening prayer, and the Rev. Bill Ryder of the Forgotten Man Ministries, provided the Policeman’s Prayer. 

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the

The Rev. David Sill

calendar week as National Police Week to pay special recognition to police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Rev. Bill Ryder

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