Congressmen honor fallen trooper

September 12, 2013
Benishek, left, and Huizenga

Benishek, left, and Huizenga

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressmen Bill Huizenga and Dan Benishek honored Trooper Paul Butterfield during a session of the House of Representatives Wednesday. Below is the YouTube video and also a transcript of what they said, honoring the fallen state trooper in front of our nation’s top representatives.


Congressman Huizenga:

Earlier this week Michigan lost a true hero.  Trooper Paul Butterfield died from a gunshot wound he sustained while conducting a traffic stop in Mason County on September 9th.

This senseless act of violence will no doubt shake communities throughout Northwest Michigan as we wonder why this heartbreaking event ever took place, how it happened in Mason County, and how we make sure it never happens again.

Trooper Butterfield’s response to the situation has been described by the Michigan State Police as “perfect” and that he did everything right. This tragic loss of life serves as an ever-present reminder that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop for police officers.

And on this special day, September 11th, we want to thank all of our first responders for the work they do.

We must never forget or take for granted the work that the men and women who put their lives on the line every day do to protect our kids, our communities, and our country.

Paul you will not be forgotten by me, the people of the 2nd District, or throughout Michigan

My heart goes out to Trooper Butterfield’s fiancé, his family, his friends, and his colleagues from both the State Police Post in Hart as well as the State Police Post in Manistee.

Natalie, myself, and my family will keep you in our prayers during this time of extraordinary need and we just want to say to you Paul – rest well my friend, rest well.

Congressman Benishek:

I come to the floor today to honor the life of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield who was tragically killed in the line of duty on September 9, 2013.

Trooper Butterfield was an army veteran who bravely served his community as a state police officer since 1999.  He served at the Michigan State Police Post in Manistee and in Hart.

Like all of our law enforcement officers, Paul risked everything to ensure our communities and neighborhoods were safe. He gave his life to protect us.  His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sadly, Northern Michigan has lost a true hero.

To Trooper Butterfield’s family…I am aware no words will ever match your deep sorrow.  A loss this great can only be eased by the Grace that is beyond all worldly powers.  But, I am hopeful that you will be embraced by the angels of Heaven and comforted by the knowledge that Paul is safely in the hands of God.

On behalf of the citizens of Michigan’s First District, I thank Trooper Butterfield for his service and tremendous sacrifice to Michigan and our nation.



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