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Trooper Kermit Fitzpatrick

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, July 7, 1991

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Reflections for Trooper Kermit Fitzpatrick

July 7 , 1991 I had just returned home from a camping trip and dropped my girlfriend off at her home, and planned on returning to pick her up after unpacking my car. I pulled up to my house that was located in the quiet farm town of Pittsford Michigan. We always left our doors unlocked and never worried about anyone invading our home. I started unpacking my car and entered the house with my suit case in hand. I then saw my grandmother laying on the couch sleeping; I shut the front door only to have my grandmother ask me to leave it open because of the heat. I opened the door and turned to pick up my bag. The door suddenly slammed shut behind me. I turned around and infront of me was a man holding a pistol to my head, threatening to shoot me if I did not turn over the keys to my grandmother's car. I told the man "relax I'll give you the keys to my car". After we located the keys, I was able to calm the man by asking him if he was hungry or needed anything. I explained to him that I had been in trouble before, hoping to build a little rapport with him as he ate. I searched for any opportunity to take this guy out, but was unsuccessful. The man kept his distance from me. After he finished eating, he removed the phone from our wall and took money off the dinning room table. He wore a long, black trench coat. The man pointed his gun at me once again and stated " I'm going to take you out to the barn and shoot you" as we walked out I told my grandmother I loved her and not to open the door again. We made our way to the barn, which the man must have scoped out prior, since he already knew there was another phone in the barn. He ordered me to remove the phone from the wall at gun point. I began to give him some shit, I was young and cocky, not knowing he was a killer. Things turned quickly when he reminded me how serious he was, with a swift pistol whip to the forehead. I removed the phone from the wall and handed it to him. The man turned and walked out of the barn and told me, " When you call the cops, tell them 'cop killer' was here." The man climbed into my grandmother's car, which she pulled into the driveway for him since she had left $300 in the ashtray. When he began to leave, I ran as fast as I could to the house and grabbed my Remington 30-06. As he pulled out of the driveway, I was able to fire three rounds off at him before my grandmother pulled me to the ground. We headed to the neighbor's home to use their phone and could contact the police. While giving the description of the man to the state troopers, I heard them say, "this sounds like the man who killed a state trooper today." It wasn't until later that I found out, the man killed was Trooper Kermit Fitzpatrick.

Correction Officer Michael Lennox
MDOC

July 5, 2019

I knew Trooper Fitzpatrick as a USA Reservist with the 70th IN Div (Trng) in the late 1980's. At that time he also was a professional boxer, out of Livonia, MI, in the heavy weight division + a MI State police officer/Trooper. He was the original "Gentle Giant" throughout all phases of his life!

At approximately 0830hrs on the Lodge expressway, in proximity to the Joy Rd ramp, on Sunday morning 7/7/91 he stopped a vehicle operated by a white male for a defective rear license plate. Said vehicle was carrying a cache of weapons. Upon his approach to the vehicle, he was fired upon and died immediately. His killer was later apprehended by law enforcement, tried and convicted of his murder!


When Trooper Fitzpatrick was killed in the line of duty; MSP didn't lose a Trooper....instead the nation lost an individual who died FOREVER YOUNG. God's eternal rest of your soul Kermit............you were the "real,steel, deal".

Maj Roger L. Kehrier
USA; USAR; BNDD;ODALE & DEA

September 11, 2017

I personally knew Trooper Fitzpatrick as a USA Reservist with the 70th IN Trng Div; headquartered in Livonia, MI 48150 south of I-96 and east of Levan. He truly was the original "GENTLE GIANT"; born with a heart of gold and massive fists! His talent inside a boxing ring was very well earned.

Unfortunately; the very best die FOREVER YOUNG!!!!!!!!!!

Maj Roger L. Kehrier
USA; USAR; BNDD;ODALE & DEA

September 10, 2017

I met TPR .Fitzpatrick, 36th Dist ct in Detroit Mi. in 1990 and created an immediate bond with the man. He was a Very strong communicator and gifted person and dedicated to his profession. I was mowing my lawn the day of his death, i stopped, sat on my porch and cried like a baby. It was not until after his death I found out we had so much in common outside of our jurisdiction occupation. along with the similarities of our names we both were raised and graduated from Highland Park High School. There is a six year age difference between us It is a honor to have met him and he will always have a place in my life's memories.

P.O Kelvin Patrick
Detroit Police

May 20, 2017

I remember Trooper Fitzpatrick every time a criminal is shot by a police officer and people march in the streets and try to make a saint out of a lowlife. How come no one remembers the police officers who have been killed trying to protect these same people. Kermit deserves more than just a little tree by the side of the freeway (if it is still there)

Gary
Citizen

January 14, 2016

Kermit

My true friend, my recruit school partner. My road partner out of recruit school, assigned to the New Baltimore Post in Macomb County Michigan. A gentle giant! I remember our recruit school trials and the great memories we had. I remember when I got into a shooting in Detroit, you were there for me through the entired ordeal. The three of us, YOU, Andre Washington and I will never be separated. We will see you in Glory with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Peace my Brother! Maranatha!

Trooper Bruce Paris
Michigan State Police

August 29, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

Kermit, you were a great friend and will forever be part of my fond memories of Western Michigan University. You were always pleasant and fun to be around, always smiling, laughing, joking and positive (except for that ONE TIME, and in retrospect, even that is funny!). I'll always remember the fun we had playing intramural football (Long Live The Mob Squad!), laughing and joking late at night in the dorm, in the cafeteria, playing pool and ping-pong. All these years later it still hard to believe you're gone. Love you man!

Bruce Ford
Friend

August 22, 2014

Uncle Kermit, I miss you so much. Almost 23 years later, I still hold the memories of our fun times at Palmer Park wrestling, though I was always on the losing end of it, the time you took to take me to Western to help me college decisions, when you took me to the State Police Academy to show me around, and just so many other warm memories. I celebrate you on this day and everyday. I can never use enough words to express how much I respected you and loved you. You were a big brother to me. In my heart and spirit, you have not gone anywhere. I hold fast the guidance that you instilled in me and am doing what I can to instill it in your Great niece and nephew.
Luv u Uncle Kermit

Mike Waters

January 30, 2014

Kermit,

Classmate and fellow member of the 101st Trooper Recruit School. We miss you everyday. Last night I was driving in Detroit and went by the spot where you lost your life. I pulled over and said a special prayer.

I think of you often. God speed my friend

Captain John Halpin
Michigan State Police

October 5, 2013

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 7, 2013

Rest in God Loving Peace my Blood my cousin ~ Garry
Time don't heal time only move from that pain.
Garry Fitzpatrick

Garry Fitzpatrick
Cousin

June 30, 2013

Rest In Peace Valliant Soldier! I remember fondly our sparring together at Livonia Boxing Club in the basement of the firehouse. You were not only a Golden Gloves Champion but an inspiration to all who met you. It was a sorrowful day when I heard of you having been shot to death. You are sorely missed, but I don't miss your punches!

GodSpeed My Hero!

Mark Baidel
Friend

February 14, 2013

My previous reflection left a widely inaccurate anniversary date. Today is the 21rst anniversary of your death and you are always remembered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

December 31, 2012

Kermit, you and I shared a year together at WMU as dorm mates. I was just a kid at 17 and you were such a man by that time, always with a warm greeting and encouraging conversation. Our worlds even then were so different, but our hall was a better place with you there among us, I remember that feeling strongly. To those that knew you better, I envy you, and to those that didn't know you at all, well, hopefully you have the chance in your lives to be touched by someone as much as, even after 30 years, you recall so warmly.

Mark Bellissimo
WMU, '82-'83

July 13, 2012

Everytime I ride by the memorial on I-96 I say prayer for Trooper Fitzpatrick a person I had the pleasure of knowing from childhood until his appointment with MSP to all that knew him knew that he was a big Teedy Bear very kind and concerning of other feelings -- A man that left us to early for a sensless act of violence

Mo Taylor
Friend

November 11, 2011

20 years ago, Trooper Fitzpatrick stopped me on Thanksgiving to remind me to slow down and have a safe trip home. I thanked him and said it was said that he had to spend the holiday on duty. He repied that it was ok as his family would have dinner after he got home. Who would have know that Thanksgiving would be one of his last holidays with his family.
Every year around Thanksgiving I think of this wonderful man and say a prayer for him. Good Bless You Trooper Fitzpatrick. It was a pleasure to have met you.

Judy Junga
Citizen

October 25, 2011

I remember Kermit as a college kid who hung out with the rest of us in the HPER department at WMU. I remember the day he told us he was going to enter the toughman contest. He wanted to win it and buy a TV for his mother. I could not imagine being willing to have your butt kicked just for a tv. He lived his values everyday and those of us who spent time with him were lucky. He taught us all the meaning of caring and his values are with me still today.

Kermit, you were a man among boys in college and I was so very lucky that our paths crossed.

Terri

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

I did not know Trooper Fitzpatrick. Actually, in 1991, I was preparing to start high school that fall and excited about the idea of learning how to drive. But as one of my friends posted a link to this memorial to him on Facebook, I read it and was so touched and saddened, that I was compelled to post a memorial. I simply want to say my prayers to his family and much respect to all officers who stand each day to diligently protect and serve. Having worked in local city government for several years, I know first-hand the sacrifice that our officers make to ensure our safety and there are not enough words to give thanks for the safety that we oftentimes take for granted. May God bless all officers on these so-called "routine stops" and may people realize that police officers are people with family and friends who love them and want to see them come home at the end of their work day. I am so sorry, may his soul rest in peace.

Reese

February 26, 2011

My guy. Kermit was my man. We did everything together: played ball, worked out, fought each other (that's what brothers do). I remember when he secretly entered the "toughman contest". He lost a front tooth, but won $2,500.00. With his purse, he bought his mother a TV and got his tooth replaced. That was "Big Kerm".

Anonymous

February 26, 2011

Merry Christmas, Trooper Fitzpatrick, 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

Kermit,
I drive by the site on I-96 often , and say a prayer, when I do.
Because of you everytime I see any officer on a traffic stop I say a prayer for their safety.
May the Lord bless all the Patrol men and women as they go.

Mark Radzwion

November 9, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and nineteenth 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 7, 2010

Trooper Fitzpatrick:

How fast time goes by, its hard to beleave it been so many years sence your EOW. Many of us attended your services and you will be remembered by so many you served in life. Now rest my brother and may Gods blessing be upon you and your family.

John (Michigan)

John Conaty
Ingham county sheriff Office (retired)

December 3, 2009

Kermit was an RA in my dorm at WMU and I lived next to him for a semester. He played football & I played hockey. He was a great guy and he always knocked on my door with a smile to tell me to turn my music down.

Rest In Peace

Anonymous

November 14, 2009

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