MANISTEE, Mich. (WOOD) - The funeral service and visitation have been set for a Michigan State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty on Monday.
Visitation for Trooper Paul Butterfield will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Manistee High School in Manistee, Mich. The funeral will follow in the high school's commons area at 1 p.m. Both are open to the public and the Michigan State Police advise that those who attend should arrive after 10:30 a.m.
There will not be a public funeral procession or graveside service.
Butterfield, a 14-year veteran of the Michigan State Police, was shot in the head as he conducted a traffic stop in Mason County on Monday evening. He died from his injuries while he was in surgery.
Married couple Eric and Sarah Knysz have been arrested in connection to his murder.
Wednesday, about a dozen troopers were at the high school making preparations. Manistee Schools Superintendent John Chandler showed police around. He came away with a lasting impression.
"Unfortunately, I think they have done this before," Chandler said. "I think they are expecting a couple, a few thousand people."
The gym seats about 1,600.
"It's an honor for us to host it," Chandler said. "We have students who are going to be involved tomorrow in helping us spruce up the place and set it up, and just do everything that we can to make this a memorable occasion to honor someone who needs to be honored."
"I think it is going to be an outstanding tribute," MSP Lt. Kip Belcher said. "I think it's going to, this funeral service, well beyond any of our expectations."
Belcher says none of it would be possible without the school.
"It's an amazing act of kindness that the school has put on," he said.
In addition to honoring his fellow officer, Belcher hopes the memorial will help a grieving community.
"It's difficult to see things for a period of time after such a violent tragic act of this nature, but what I appreciate seeing at this juncture is how the community has responded and reacted and coming together," Belcher said.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution to the Butterfield family may send checks payable to:
Michigan State Troopers Assistance Fund
1715 Abbey Rd, Suite B
East Lansing, MI 48823
Memo: Tpr. Paul Butterfield II
24 Hour News 8 will air Trooper Butterfield's funeral live on WXSP at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
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