Trooper Chad H. Wolf

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.

Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II

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:

Tpr. Butterfield Tribute Issue

Trooper Jeffrey J. Werda

February 1, 1968 – April 6, 2011

Trooper Jeffrey J. Werda died as a result of injuries sustained from a roll-over crash while enroute to a vehicle pursuit in Saginaw County on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, Saginaw County Central Dispatch put out a call that deputies from the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a vehicle pursuit in the southwest corner of Saginaw County. Trooper Werda was in the village of Birch Run and began heading in the direction of the pursuit with lights and siren activated to assist the deputies.

While heading westbound on Birch Run Road near Morrish Road in Taymouth Township, Trooper Werda lost control of his patrol vehicle, left the roadway and the vehicle rolled several times.

A passerby came upon the crash and reported the incident to Saginaw County Central Dispatch. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and transported Trooper Werda to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

Trooper Jeffrey J. Werda is the 50th Michigan State Police officer to die in the line of duty.