A sea of blue swept through Northern Michigan on Saturday as more than 3,000 people came together in Manistee to honor the life of Michigan State Police Trooper, Paul Butterfield.
A police escort brought Trooper Butterfield from the Herbert Funeral Home to Manistee High School where friends, family, community members, and law enforcement from every single state gathered.
"I've got friends in the State Police here in Michigan as well as the Sheriff's Department and it's just a respect that we have for each other," said Alaskan State Trooper. "It just doesn't affect Mason County here and the small Sheriff's Departments and the State Police. It affects the nation."
A service took place inside of the school's gymnasium where multiple speakers, including Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan State Police Director, Col. Kriste Etue, shared Trooper Butterfield's many accomplishments and loves in life.
"As a State Police of about 3,000 employees, there's not one employee that I know that isn't heartbroken," said Col. Etue.
Outside, Trooper Butterfield received military honors, as the MSP helicopter flew overhead, and the country paid it's final respects.
"We also need to tell our brother Paul, we know our work never ends and we'll take it from here," said Etue. "God speed my dear Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. May you rest in peace."