Sorrowful news greeted Michiganders as they awoke to this new day, finding that a Michigan State Trooper was gunned down last evening. Paul Butterfield was found lying wounded (a word with new and heavier meaning these past few weeks) by a passing motorist on Custer Road in Mason County, on the State's west side. The road is evidently named for the nearby town of Custer. Despite efforts to save him, he succumbed to his wounding. An Army veteran, Trooper Butterfield joined the MSP in 1999.
This blog has been, since April 2007, about Michigan and the Civil War, sometimes using that as a way to talk about either Michigan or the CW, rather than always about the connection itself. Yet here is a story from today's real life in which we see a combination of timeless terms: sacrifice, heroism, service in the uniform of his Nation, and of his State; along with names that resonate from 150 years ago: Custer, Butterfield, Mason.
“Tonight we lost a hero,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, in a statement. “The entire MSP family, as well as our greater law enforcement family, mourns alongside the Butterfields. Trooper Butterfield’s sacrifice will never be forgotten; may he rest in peace.” -- Detroit News
To which should be added: The entire Michigan family mourns, and pledges that such sacrifice shall never be forgotten.