Law enforcement officers throughout Michigan and outside the state paid their respects to Jackson police officer James Bonneau in my hometown today. Bonneau, a 2002 Canton High School graduate, was killed in the line of duty earlier this week during a domestic incident in Blackman Township.
More than 150 police cars lined Sheldon Road three deep and spilled on to Hanford east of Sheldon in lines two deep. I saw police cars from Wayne, Washtenaw, Macomb, and Oakland counties as well as cars from Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Port Huron, Kalamazoo and the US Coast Guard.
It was uplifting to see cars from Michigan State Police, dozens of metro Detroit suburb police, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Oakland University, and Toledo, Ohio along with many more cars too numerous to list. Police officers stood in formation outside St. Michael Lutheran Church where the funeral service was held, and peeled off in lines to pay their respects.
On Warren Road east of Canton Center, the Canton Township Fire Department honored Bonneau with a U.S. flag that spanned five lanes of traffic.
James Bonneau was 26 years old, and had worked in the Jackson police department since 2007. A terrible loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Bonneau family.