Hundreds of his brother and sister officer’s came to the small village of Stockbridge to honor one of their own who was killed in the line of duty and to carry him home to his final place of rest.
Grant Whitaker was only 25-years-old. He died as the result of injuries sustained from a car crash during a high-speed pursuit.
Governor Rick Snyder ordered U.S. flags within the state Capitol complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff to honor the brave man who protected the residents of a place he loved.
“Deputy Whitaker was a brave young man lost much too soon. He risked his life daily to protect the lives of Michiganders across our state,” said Snyder. “I thank Grant for his commitment to public service and offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fellow officers.”
At 11am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea everyone took their place for the funeral mass. Hundreds of patrol cars from far and wide lined the lawn of the church.
Residents of Chelesa, Stockbridge and areas from across the state lined the route to Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge to pay their respects.
Detroit bagpipers played Amazing Grace as the hearse carrying Deputy Whitaker slowly made its way to his final resting place.
A dispatcher read Deputy Whitaker’s name and badge number. “This is the last call”. “End of Watch”.