Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service to this great nation as well as the state of Michigan. Your dedicated service will not be forgotten. God bless you and your family, friends, and co-workers during this time of senseless and tragic loss.

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

September 10, 2013

Thank you for your sacrifice. Though it be too high a price to pay, we honor your service, honor, and commitment to duty. You shall not be forgotten. Like those who have proceeded you, you were Chosen by God, Anointed by God, and finally Called Home by God. Rest in Peace.

Special Agent

September 10, 2013

Rest in peace Trooper Butterfield. Thank you for your service to Michigan and this great nation. GOD bless you and your family........................

Master Trooper J.R. Fleming
NC State Highway Patrol

September 10, 2013

Please accept the sincerest sympathies and condolences for your loss from Session 55 of the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Schenectady, NY. We understand you must be proud of Trooper Paul Butterfield's service, as he was likely proud to serve. We only hope these words may offer you some degree of comfort knowing his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Session 55
Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

September 10, 2013

I have been in law enforcement for over 45 years and every time I hear a brother officer has fallen in the line of duty, my heart breaks. It never gets any easier to comprehend how this can happen. R.I.P my brother.

Retired Sgt
Detroit Police

September 10, 2013

The police are not here to create disorder. The police are here to preserve order. God has earned a soldier on this day. Our deepest prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of this hero for his ultimate sacrifice of putting his/her life on the line for the safety of the community. Thank you for your service, may you rest n peace.

Heald College Modesto Campus CJ Capstone class 2013 A. B. A. B

September 10, 2013

All your brothers is blue are going to miss you.

Police Officer Merida
Detroit Police Department

September 10, 2013

Rest in peace Trooper Butterfield. As a Michigan resident and fellow brother in Law Enforcement I thank you for your service.

Deputy Troy Covert
Lapeer County Sheriff's Office

September 10, 2013

Rest in peace, brother. You and your family have given the ultimate sacrifice. We'll take it from here.

TFC P. Orr #249

September 10, 2013

R.I.P. BROTHER Butterfield!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

September 10, 2013

Rest in Peace Sir.........................

Officer Thomas Wiederhold, Retired
Fort Worth PD, Texas

September 10, 2013

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Trooper Butterfield was killed. May his loved ones continue to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To his family, you are in our hearts' embrace today and everyday.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinguished service Trooper Butterfield gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan , and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on 09 SEP 2013.

The men and women of
Northlake Police Dept.,Northlake,IL

September 10, 2013

My deepest sympathy to family and friends. God Speed Brother, thank you for making this a better world and for your ultimate sacrifice. God has a special place for you.

MPO T G Vincent
Asheboro Police NC

September 10, 2013

Trooper Butterfield,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

September 10, 2013

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.

“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.

Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 10, 2013

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia,SC

September 10, 2013

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Trooper
Paul Butterfield as well as to the Michigan State Police. Rest in peace Trooper Butterfield, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

September 10, 2013

Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for your service.

Sgt. Kevin Kratz
Buena Vista Twp Police Dept (Michigan)

September 10, 2013



September 10, 2013

Thank for for your service Trooper Butterfield. You will be missed and never forgotten. I pray for your family and department in this time of need.

Police Officer
Meskwaki Nation Police Department, IA

September 10, 2013

Rest in peace brother.

Ofc. O. A. Olasokan
NYS University Police at SUNY Maritime College

September 10, 2013

To the family, friends, Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue and the
Michigan State Police.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you close now, and always. John 15;13

A.S. Batson Patrolman
Cherry Police Goldsboro, NC

September 10, 2013

Rest easy brother, you have stood your watch with pride and professionalism. Go to the promised place where you can look down to see your brothers continue what you have started. Thank you for your service. May the light of Christ ease the pain on the ones you have loved, and those who have loved you in return.

Sean D. Creamer, Chief (ret)
Tryon Palace PSU, New Bern NC

September 10, 2013

Rest in peace Trooper Butterfield. Our condolences to your family, and thank you for your service.

Ionia Co. Sheriff Dept Mi

September 10, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. It breaks my heart. Thank you for your service young man and may you rest in the knowledge that you served your community with honor, dignity and a pure heart. May God welcome you into his loving arms and preserve a place for you befitting the honor you deserve, and may God comfort and bless those left behind.

Sgt. Doug Holmes (Ret.)
Dept. of Defense Police

September 10, 2013

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