Community prepares to honor life of fallen trooper
The entire state of Michigan is preparing to come together on Saturday to honor the life of State Trooper Paul Butterfield, who was killed while on duty earlier this week.
Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, a small police escort will bring Trooper Butterfield from the Herbert Funeral Home to Manistee High School, where nearly 3,000 people are expected to be. The ceremony will take place inside the school's gymnasium and will be followed by a 21 gun salute outside the building.
Michigan State Police Lt., Kip Belcher, says that of the thousands that are expected to be there, many of them are law enforcement officers from all over the state.
"It's of tremendous importance to law enforcement personnel because of the brotherhood that exists between officers," said Lt. Belcher. "Officers, it's such a strong bond that it crosses gaps between state lines, between county lines, it goes well outside the state across the county, and into other countries as well."