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Trooper James E. Boland | Michigan State Police, Michigan Michigan State Police, Michigan

Trooper

James E. Boland

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, July 26, 1987
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Reflections for Trooper James E. Boland

 

I had recently met Jim and had spoken with him a couple hours prior to the incident. I was formerly a Texas officer at that time visiting back home in Michigan. I was walking back over to see Jim again and chat with him and was about 30 feet away when the car struck him. I won't go into details but I was there on scene and worked alongside a nurse who also stepped up. Details are not important here, but its always the toughest when its a brother.

Investigator Richard Anderson
Inactive
January 3, 2017

If there are any questions I could answer for the Bowland family feel free to contact me at [email protected] I was the off duty kalkaska co Deputy that witnessed the incident and was with your father till transported to Munsun

retired
Klalkaska Sheriff Meridian Police
December 22, 2015

A event that replays in my mind often. I was the off duty deputy that was there when it happened.

Gayelord Mankowski
Officer..then Deputy Kalaska county
February 21, 2014

Dad, We are all hoping that you can now rest in peace. We all love and miss you very much. I hope you are looking down on us and seeing your grandchildren and great grandchildren and smiling. I wish you could be here for all of this. I know you are watching over all of us...kids, brothers, sisters parents and grandchildren. Thats what keeps me going...Knowing you are still keeping us all safe. Love you Dad!

Laura
Daughter
August 1, 2012

It has been a sad 25 yrs for all of us. My greatest hero will always be my father....the man who taught me right from wrong and how to respect other people. Dad....I know that you are in heaven now knowing that the person who took your life from us is now gone. I know that you have a big smile on your face. Justice has come to the one that took your life from us. I still think about you and look at the picture i have of you. May God keep you in peace and look over the rest of us. Love you dad and always will.

mike
son
July 30, 2012

It's been said that the night you died I woke up screaming until the phone call came... then I went silent. I wish everyday that I could remember you sneaking me out of room and giving me candy late at night. I wish that my only memory of you wasn't of your hands, but of your face. Now, 25 years after your death, the woman who killed you has reached her own demise. July 18th 2012 will be a day well remembered for all of us. I hope you're smiling up there in Heaven knowing that her time has now been served. Rest in peace grandpa. I love you.

Jessica
Granddaughter
July 28, 2012

Merry Christmas, Trooper Boland, to you and your family.
Thank you for your sacrifice.

May God's peace be with you this holiday season!

Trooper
Michigan State Police
December 14, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 26, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 26, 2010

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 15, 2007

It is almost 20 years since your line of duty death. I was quite a bit younger but I remember the coverage on the news, and about the lady that was drunk driving and did this to you. You were directing traffic on US 31.

I hope your surviving family knows that although many years have passed, you remain in our thoughts and we will never forget.

Area resident
July 23, 2007

I started recruit school 8-9-87 and the staff honored your name during the academy until graduation. I never knew you, but your still a fallen comrade that will obviously be never forgotten. I wear this MSP uniform in pride because of troopers like you. Thinking of you....


September 17, 2006

Rest in peace Troop...

Trooper
Michigan State Police
May 22, 2006

God Bless; rest in peace. You are truly missed and will never be forgotten.

Up North Mich
January 10, 2005

Jim
You have not and will not, be forgotten.

Dep. Kevin M McGuckin
Shiawassee CO. Sheriff's Dept.
October 22, 2004

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.


September 28, 2004

Remembering Trooper James E Boland, who was killed in the line of duty 17 years ago.... July 26, 1987.

Michigan Resident
July 14, 2004

Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Burlington Township PD NJ

We honor the memory of Trooper Boland.

FBI Agents Association

 
 

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