Project Blue Light to Honor Fallen First Responders Dec. 1

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Project Blue Light to Honor Fallen First Responders Dec. 1

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, St. Justin Church, 1600 E. Evelyn, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Join us for this annual event as we honor and pay tribute to our Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters who have given their lives in the performance of their duty, and support those who continue to patrol our streets and protect our communities this Holiday Season.

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Below are the first responders being remembered:


Southeast Michigan Project Blue Light

Roll Call of Heroes


DEPUTY GRANT W. WHITAKER – End of Watch: December 7, 2014

Grant William Whitaker of Stockbridge, Michigan, age 25 died at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing as a result of injuries sustained on duty during a high speed pursuit with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his death Grant served with the department for 18 months, and was UrbaneAd_04previously a police officer with the Stockbridge Police Department. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, a sister, and his fiancé.

FIRST LEIUTENANT ARTHUR A. GREEN, III – End of Watch: August 9, 2015

Arthur A. Green was killed in an airplane crash in Harbor Springs, Michigan, while en route to mandatory in service training for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He was on official travel status when the Piper Cherokee he was piloting struck a large tree while on final approach to the Harbor Springs Municipal Airport. Lieutenant Green had served with the Michigan DNR Law Enforcement Division for 19 years after retiring from the Detroit Police Department with 20 years of service. He had also retired from the U.S. Air Force and the Michigan Air National Guard in 2004. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

SERGEANT JOSEPH J. ABDELLA – End of Watch: August 14,2015seed88888_TomSelman

Joseph A. Abdella died at the age of 49, while on duty with the Detroit Police Department Mounted Patrol Division, when he suffered a massive heart attack.

Sgt. Abdella served the Detroit Police Department for 21 years. During his distinguished career with the Detroit Police Department he worked at the 11th Precinct, in Homicide, Fugitive Apprehension, the Violent Crimes Task Force and the Mounted Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2001. He is survived by his wife, their two daughters, & his sister.


FIREFIGHTER RICHARD R. WHEELER – Last Alarm: August 19, 2015

Richard Randall Wheeler of South Haven, Michigan, died at the age of 31 battling wild fires with the Methow Valley Ranger District Engine Crew based in Winthrop, Washington. He was a fourth generation firefighter. He began to pursue fire service in his early twenties shortly blumz07after leaving Americorps. Rick held many seasonal Fire positions with the US Forest Service. For several years he worked for the Tatanka Hotshots of South Dakota. In between seasons, Rick would return to Michigan to attend Grand Valley State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management in the spring of 2013. He planned on using his degree and seasonal work experience to obtain a permanent position with the forest service. After moving to Wenatchee, he worked on an initial attack fire crew at the Wenatchee River Ranger District out of Leavenworth, WA for the 2014 season.

TROOPER CHAD H. WOLF – End of Watch: August 28, 2015

Chad Harlan Wolf, of Fenton, Michigan died at the age of 38, from injuries sustained when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle while on patrol. Chad received a bachelors degree from Pensacola Christian College in Florida, was key member and youth leader at Great Lakes royal_servicesBaptist Church. He served 8 years with the Michigan State Police. He is survived by his wife, their four children, his parents, two brothers, his sister, and mother in-law.

FIREFIGHTER DENNIS E. RODEMAN – Last Alarm: September 9, 2015

Dennis Eber Rodeman of Owosso, Michigan died at the age of 35, from injuries sustained from being hit by a vehicle while collection donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the Lansing Fire Department. Dennis was a distinguished Veteran, serving with the United States Marine Corps. He was a well respected and dedicated Firefighter and EMT. He began his career as a volunteer Firefighter with the Vermontville Fire Department and for the last 7 years has dedicated his service to the City of Lansing Fire Department. Dennis married sidebar016growless than three months before his death and his wife is expecting their first child. He is also survived by his parents, two sisters, and in-laws.

RICHARD LEO CROSBY, JR. – Last Alarm: September 26, 2015

Richard Leo Crosby, age 67, suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after a fire call incident that occurred two days earlier. Crosby was taken off of life support and succumbed to his injury on 09/26/2015. Richard worked as a mechanic until his death. He was a member of the Casnovia Township Fire Department for 44 Years, the Men’s Auxiliary at Newaygo VFW Post # 4249, and Howard City Conservation. He served as a Trustee of the Village of Casnovia, was a member as well as the International Union of Operating Engineers Union # 324, and was active for many years in Boy Scouts. He survived by his wife, his daughter, four sons, his mother, two sisters, his brother, several in-laws, grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

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