Legislation from state Senator Kim LaSata would help honor fallen police officers. LaSata tells WSJM News her bill, which passed the Senate unanimously this month, updates the rules for the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument.
“My bill will align the Michigan monument standards with the national standards to allow for law enforcement officers, including court officers and corrections officers who die in the line of duty, to be included on the monument.”
LaSata calls the plan a reform, noting it will allow the names of Security Supervisor Joseph Zangaro and Court Officer Ronald Kienzle to be added to the state monument. Zangaro and Kienzle were killed in July of 2016 at the Berrien County Courthouse while working security. Their names are already included on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. LaSata’s says she’ll invite the families of Zangaro and Kienzle to the bill signing ceremony when all is said and done.