INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – In Mason, dozens gathered to remember fallen officers from Ingham County who died in the line of duty over the years.
“It’s a comfort to know he’ll always be remembered,” Mother of former Deputy Grant Whitaker, Mary Whitaker said.
Mary is one of the family members who attended the memorial, in remembrance of her son, who died in the line of duty after crashing into a tree while on a high speed chase in December of 2014.
“They put their lives on the line every day and don’t think anything of it,” Mary Whitaker said.
Mary says her son wanted to go into law enforcement since he was young, and despite the risks the career involved, she supported her son in his calling to serve the community.
“I trust in God and I have to put him in God’s hands and if God’s calling him to do this line of work, God’s going to be there to protect him and at this point I can still say God did protect, He simply called him home,” Mary Whitaker said.
The annual memorial is not only to remember those who have lost their lives, but to also remind those still in the force of what the job is all about.
“To always be there, to guide people, to assist them and to serve them because that’s our job,” MSP Lansing Post Lt. Joseph Thomas said.
Deputy Whitaker was one of those officers who did just that.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that you don’t hear someone talking about Grant or about a memory. He will not be forgotten,” Deputy Whitaker’s Advisor, Lt. Steve Sopocy said.
In 2015, 128 officers were killed in the line of duty across the Nation, and May is the month all Law Enforcement agencies take the time to remember each and ever one of them, for what they did for their country and community.