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Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014 3:10PM

Fallen Officers Remembered



Police officers from throughout Berrien County are remembering their fallen commrades. Thursday was National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Day, and Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic delivered remarks in downtown St. Joseph to honor the 15 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Two others who were former county residents and lost their lives in Salt Lake City and Detroit were also honored. Sepic spoke directly to the families of the officers.

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Sepic spoke about being pulled over for speeding recently while heading to Niles to investigate the fatal police-involved shooting of an armed robbery suspect at the Long John Silver's. He thought about the demands of the job of the officer for the 10 to 15 seconds he waited for the cop to appear at his window.

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Berrien County lost its first officer in the line of duty on August 15, 1907 with the death of Niles Patrolman Clarence Shockley. The most recent was St. Joseph Township Police Chief Keith Mills on October 18, 1988. The memorial was moved inside the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library from Lake Bluff Park for the first time ever due to rain.

   

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