November 11, 1977 - September 20, 2017
Tpr. Timothy J. O’Neill died as a result of injuries sustained while patrolling on a motorcycle in Kent County on Thursday, September 20, 2017. At approximately 7:45 a.m., Trooper O’Neill was on patrol with his department-issued motorcycle when he was involved in a crash near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard NE and Belding Road NE in Plainfield Township. Trooper O’Neill was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids where he later passed away as a result of his injuries.
Trooper O’Neill joined the Michigan State Police in 2014, graduating as a member of the 126th Trooper Recruit School. He served at the Rockford Post and became a member of the Motor Unit in May 2017. Tpr. Timothy J. O’Neill was the 53rd Michigan State Police officer to die in the line of duty.
May 12, 1977 – August 28, 2015
Trooper Chad Wolf was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle.
Trooper Wolf was on motorcycle patrol and traveling northbound in the right lane of Dixie Highway and crossing over southbound I-75 when a vehicle towing an empty trailer traveling in the left lane quickly changed lanes in an attempt to access the I-75 entrance ramp. As the vehicle changed lanes, it struck Trooper Wolf's motorcycle. Trooper Wolf was dragged for several miles on I-75 before the driver pulled over at a rest area.
Trooper Wolf served with the Michigan State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Trooper Chad H. Wolf is the 52nd Michigan State Police officer to die in the line of duty.
February 16, 1970 – September 9, 2013
On September 9, 2013, Tpr. Butterfield was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Custer Road, near Townline Road, in Mason County, at approximately 6:20 pm.
A few minutes after radioing in the stop a citizen called 911 to report a trooper had been shot. Responding units located Tpr. Butterfield on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was flown to Munson Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds while in surgery.
Trooper Paul Kenyon Butterfield II, age 43, joined the Michigan State Police in 1999 as part of the 118th Trooper Recruit School. His assignments included the Manistee and Hart Posts. Trooper Butterfield was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Michigan State Police for 14 years.
Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II is the 51st Michigan State Police officer to die in the line of duty.
Follow the link below to view the Michigan Trooper tribute issue honoring Tpr. Paul Butterfield: