M-116 dedicated in memory of Trooper Butterfield

July 13, 2015

  By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

HAMLIN TWP. — M-116, between the Lincoln River and the Ludington State Park, was formally dedicated today in memory of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II during a ceremony at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. 

Butterfield was killed on Sept. 9, 2013 during a routine traffic stop on Custer Road in Free Soil Township. The murderer was convicted and sentenced to prison, subsequently killing himself while incarcerated. 

Today’s ceremony focused on Butterfield’s life. “Trooper Butterfield was one of our greatest troopers,” Col. Kristie Etue, commander of the MSP, said. 

Sgt. John Schneider, who worked with Butterfield, talked about Paul’s passion for animals and physical fitness. 

“It’s a great day and a great day for this ceremony,” Lt. Jeffrey White, Hart post commander, said.

The signs were expected to be installed by Michigan Department of Transportation this afternoon. 

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