Lansing Police Department honors fallen officers on 25-mile memorial walk
LANSING, Michigan — For the fourth year in a row, a group of officers from the Lansing Police Department are spending their evening cycling 25 miles to honor officers who have served and died in the line of duty.
In the department’s history, six officers and two police dogs have lost their lives in the line of duty.
These officers are: Officer Julie A. Engelhardt, Officer Dean A. Whitehead, Mac Donnelly Jr. Gottlieb Sohn, Alexander Lang, K9 Saber, Detective Sgt. Homer Edward Hatt, Sr. and K9 Chile.
The annual hike began Thursday at the Lansing Police Department Operations Center on Wise Road. Captain Katie Diehl called it a healing experience for the department.
“It’s really a tribute to our heritage here at LPD and it’s why we do our job. It’s to honor those who served before us and also to honor our community and our citizens who live in our community,” said Captain Diehl. “They will travel about 25 miles tonight and they will pass each of the sites where our officers and canines perished.
About 20 officers dressed in bicycle uniforms crisscrossed the city under police escort.
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