Michigan State Police trooper from Metamora dies in line of duty
(9/20/2017) - A Michigan State Police trooper died in the line of duty Wednesday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash near Grand Rapids.
Trooper Timothy O'Neill of the MSP Rockford Post was on patrol riding a department motorcycle around 7:45 a.m. when he was involved in a crash near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard and Belding Road in Plainfield Township.
Nobody else was injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.
O'Neill, 28, was a native of Metamora in Lapeer County. He enlisted with the state police in January 2014 and graduated with the 126th Trooper Recruit School.
O'Neill worked out of the Rockford post during his entire state police career. He is survived by his parents, a brother, a sister and his fiance, whom he was planning to marry on Oct. 7.
“I ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.