Detroit police suffered the loss of three officers killed in the line of duty in 2016, plus the death of Michigan-native Michael Krol in the July 7 Dallas police shootings. Krol, whose funeral was held in suburban Detroit, was one of five officers killed in the deadliest assault on police since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
(left) Shayla Weston, of Redford, sheds a tear as she holds her daughter Alencia, 8, beside her mother Laurel Wales, of Hale, as they show their support outside the funeral service for slain officer Michael Krol at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Redford Township Tuesday on July 19, 2016. Krol, who obtained a criminal justice degree from Wayne State University and worked at the Wayne County Jail between 2002 and 2007, was one of five officers killed by a gunman during an attack on Dallas police during a protest. The July 7 shooting was the deadliest attack on police since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Hundreds of police officers line up to pay their final respects at the funeral of fallen Wayne State University Police officer Collin Rose held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Thursday morning, Dec. 1, 2016. Memorials have been held all week for the beloved officer including a visitation at Ford Field, a vigil at Wayne State University and a march through the Woodbridge neighborhood where Rose was shot. “He would do anything to help people, and he would do it with that infectious smile he had,” said WSU Police Chief Anthony Holt.
A women sheds a tear during a vigil held for fallen Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose on Wayne State’s Campus in Detroit on Nov. 29, 2016. During the candle light vigil at 6:31 p.m., the time Rose was shot on duty last week, a moment of silence was held. At the ceremony Rose was awarded the ‘Citation of Valor,’ the highest award issued by this department and posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant and head of the K9 Unit. Rose, 29, died one day after he was shot in the head a few blocks from the Wayne State University’s campus in Midtown Detroit after stopping a man on a bicycle.
Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil’s casket is carried to the hearse outside of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Steil, 46, succumbed to a gunshot suffered while in the line of duty. Known as ‘Shark,’ Steil was an Underwater Rescue Team and Special Operations Team member who worked in the Ninth Precinct. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, and children, William, 5, and Alexander, 3. “He wasn’t just a superhero to his kids … He was a superhero to so many people,” said Rev. Msgr. G. Michael Bugarin, who presided over the funeral.
JoAnn Steil, wife of slain Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil, holds her son Alexander, 3, as her husband’s casket is put into the hearse outside St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Steil, 46, died unexpectedly five days after being shot in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun by a man suspected in the shooting of his father and a carjacking the day prior.
Wayne State University Police officers hug beside slain Wayne State University K-9 police officer Collin Rose’s police cruiser at the visitation held for Rose inside Detroit’s NFL stadium, Ford Field, Wednesday morning Nov. 30, 2016. Hundreds of police, K-9s and their handlers, family and community members lined up outside of the stadium to pay their respects for Rose, who was killed in the line of duty at 29-years-old.
Three-year-old Alexander Steil, son of slain Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil and dressed in a police uniform, looks down out of this father’s police cruiser as the funeral procession for Steil leaves St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who spoke to the sergeant in the hospital, said Steil thanked God he was still going to be there for his wife and sons. Speaking during the funeral Duggan continued, “Now we know he’s not going to be there, but I want JoAnn and her children to know that 700,000 people in the city of Detroit will be.” Steil, 46, died unexpectedly five days after being shot in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun by a man suspected in the shooting of his father and a carjacking the day prior.