Ten brave men have laid down their lives in the line of duty to serve and protect all of us in Southwest Michigan.

It's sad that we need such a resource but the Officer Down Memorial Page lists the "more than 22,000 police officers [who] have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States since 1791." The list is fascinating reading as a brief biography is included detailing length of service and the (sometimes grisly) details of death in the line of duty. Here, we zero in on the 10 Southwest Michigan officers who gave all in service.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

PSO Eric Zapata

  • Gunfire 4/18/2011
  • 10 year tour

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Benjamin Franklin Orcutt

  • Gunfire 12/3/1867
  • 15 years of service in the Sheriff's Dept.-also a Civil War Veteran

City of Battle Creek Police Department

Detective LaVern Brann

  • Gunfire 5/9/2005
  • 20 years on the force

Officer Gerald Rosa 

  • Struck by vehicle 1/1/1967
  • Served 4 months

Officer Paul Clark 

  • Struck by vehicle 5/3/60
  • 7 years- Springfield Police Dept

Officer John Patterson

  • Assault 8/23/1940
  • 31 years on the force

Officer Clayton Weed

  • Accidental gunfire 4/14/1926
  • 1 year of service

Patrol Officer Harry Hamlin

  • Gunfire 5/9/1920
  • Served 15 years

Mattawan Police Department

Officer Scot Beyerstedt

  • Vehicle pursuit 7/26/2005
  • 4 1/2 months on the force

South Haven Police Department

Officer Michael McAllister

  • Gunfire 1/9/1976
  • 15 years on the force

We remember and support all who have worn the badge and protect all of us in Southwest Michigan.

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