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Trooper Paul Kenyon Butterfield, II

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 2013

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Reflections for Trooper Paul Kenyon Butterfield, II

We will always remember Trooper Paul Kenyon Butterfield for his devotion and dedication to serving his community and the State of Michigan. RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

January 25, 2024

Trip Butterfield, time does not diminish the ultimate sacrifice you gave for your community. Reflecting on a similar situation in my new town fallen Deputy Malone I am reminded of the times I would see you on patrol, work with you and subsequently drive past your memorial. I continue to thank you and all LEO for the hard work, dedication -keeping you and all in harms way in my prayers

Jane Kundert

January 12, 2024

I was just driving down a remote road in NW MI and found this trooper memorial. So sad. BZ Trooper Butterfield.

Maggie Willette RN

July 21, 2023

So I was walking around a store in Wixom, MI today, and as I was browsing around, I noticed a gentleman with a Thin Blue Line and the numbers “1190” on the front. On the back it displayed Michigan State Police badge 1190 along with “TROOPER BUTTERFIELD” and “EOW: 9/9/13”. As a future law enforcement officer, current Fire Explorer, and JROTC Cadet, I started thinking about a lot of things. Now don’t get me wrong, some of those feelings I felt made me angry, somewhat depressed, and it made me think about the “What if’s”. Then I realized that ALL Thin Line Families have each other’s back’s. We all care about each other and we all are there for each other on even their worst days. After seeing the shirt, I did a quick Google search and I ended up here reading about this horrific incident. This wasn’t an accident. This was an act of pure evil and the fact that the individual that was held responsible for these actions took the “easy way out” says something. It says to me that Americans and the world in general aren’t on the same page. It tells me that people think it is okay to murder another human being based on a profession and the uniform they wear. That is sickening. Anyway, everyone should have each other’s backs but that’s not how it is; until then, WE, the Thin Line Family have to be there to support our brothers and sisters in their absence. My big idea/message here is that even on your darkest days we will be there. Even if people dislike you, hate you for wearing that badge, or treat you like a nobody, don’t do the same to them. It will turn out bad as we’ve already seen in 2020 alone. Stay smart and stay safe and keep our fallen brother, Tpr. Butterfield, in your prayers tonight. Pray for our brothers and sisters protecting our country either on foreign soil or right here in the US. And most importantly, pray for the families that had to suffer and endure the pain caused by this tragic loss. Tpr. Butterfield, you are gone but never forgotten. Rest easy, brother. We’ll take it from here.

Exp. Ethyn Clark
Fenton City Fire Department

November 6, 2020

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 9, 2020

Rest in peace Trooper Butterfield.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 16, 2019

Posted on News 9 and 10. September 9, 2019

Trooper Butterfield Remembered Six Years After Being Killed in the Line of Duty

A Michigan State Police trooper is being remembered today, six years after he gave his life on the job in Northern Michigan.

Trooper Paul Butterfield was making a traffic stop on Custer Road near Townline Road in Mason County on September 9, 2013 when he was shot and killed.

The person suspected of shooting him was convicted of first-degree murder, and later died while serving life in prison.

A new sign now honors Trooper Butterfield at his roadside memorial in Mason County.

A memorial service will be held at that site Monday night at 6:30.

It’s the same spot where Butterfield was killed.

Retired Police Officer

September 9, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 13, 2018

Rest in peace my hero.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

September 9, 2018

RIP Brother. Don’t really understand why the female got a slap on the wrist.

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 20, 2018

I had the distinct honor of commenting on your funeral in the Woodtv8 news room. I am humbled by your heroism and traffic death. Carry on sir. You are in our hearts every day.

Officer Gene "Jitters" Tobin #158
Grand Rapids Police-Retired

December 16, 2014


A year later and I still can't believe you're gone. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you.

Sergeant Brian Gutowski
Manistee County Sheriff's Office

September 8, 2014

I met Jennifer at the Memorial on Monday Paul. I am humbled by the strength your Jennifer shows on the outside but I could feel her pain as I hugged her at our meeting by your name. I was hoping for some profound, comforting words to come that would give her peace but there were none. My greatest hope is that Jennifer realizes she is not alone in this journey and that the law enforcement family is now her family. Paul..You were a good man and I could tell by my short visit with Jennifer that your were (are) a loved man!! Rest in Peace Brother!! We will never forget.

Salute Trooper.

Brother of Michael A Scarbrough
EOW 2/9/05

Brian L Scarbrough

May 14, 2014

This Year I ride for you in the Police Unity Tour. Your are going to be in my thoughts as I arrive in DC with the rest of the Tour. Just a small token of my gratitude for your sacrifice. You are never forgotten Paul and will forever live in the hearts and minds of those you touched. Though I did not know you personally I am humbled by your life and your service to the community you served without second thought. Forever in my thoughts trooper.

Brian L Scarbrough
Brother of Sgt Michael A Scarbrough EOW: 02/09/05

Brian L Scarbrough
Brother of Fallen Officer

May 6, 2014

The killer hung himself in prison today, bringing the justice that we as citizens of the State of Michigan owed to you and your family upon himself. It's shameful that we lack the collective resolve to have hung him on the courthouse steps following his verdict, like he deserved, but this is the best that could come out of this tragedy.

You fought a good fight, and all of your brothers in blue couldn't be more proud of you.

My deepest prayers & condolences go to your family, friends, and co-workers. May God bring your family peace, and happiness.

Retired PO-Michigan

April 16, 2014

RIP my brother of the badge, may God bless your family, friends and Department.

Bob Reed, Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

March 1, 2014

God Bless Trooper Butterfield , Thanks for your service and making the ultimate sacrifice to Michigan and the USA

retired auxiliary officer

February 28, 2014

God speed Trooper Butterfield, you will be ALLWAYS in our prayers

Tom Speakman

February 27, 2014

RIP brother the rest of us have your six!

Investigator Martha Parrish
16th Circuit Solicitor's Office, York County, SC

February 27, 2014

R.I.P. Prayers to family friends and Dept

Craig Russo SGT

February 27, 2014

Rest in peace, brother sheepdog.

Patrolman Pete Buhrer

February 27, 2014

To my brothers in blue who served with Trooper Butterfield, I pray that your grief will be short and your memories long.

Senior Trooper J. Smith
Oregon State Police

February 27, 2014

May he R.I.P and Never be Forgotten

Anti Crime/ J.Green

February 27, 2014

So very sad. RIP Sir Condolances to Family, friends and fellow officers.


February 27, 2014

To our Brothers and Sisters at the Michigan State Police: We are comforted with the conviction of Trooper Butterfield's murderer. Thank you for your sacrifice, Trooper Butterfield! The citizens of your state are a little safer because of your actions that fateful night. God bless you all!

Sergeant J. A. Williams
North Carolina State Highway Patrol

February 27, 2014

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