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Upton Applauds Detroit Tigers for Honoring Fallen Berrien County Officers

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Washington, June 7, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the news that slain Berrien County Courthouse bailiffs Ron Kienzle and Joseph Zangaro are to be honored at tonight’s Detroit Tigers baseball game. Kienzle and Zangaro lost their lives during the Berrien County Courthouse shooting that occurred in July of 2016. They will be honored alongside five other Michigan officers killed in the line of duty last year.

“I want to applaud the Detroit Tigers organization for their solemn recognition of Ron Kienzle, Joseph Zangaro, and other fallen Michigan officers. The heartbreaking tragedy in Berrien County occurred in the blink of an eye, but we will never forget. We must continue to keep those affected in our hearts and always remember the ultimate sacrifice Ron, Joe, and others have made on our behalf.”

The Tigers play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tonight at 7:10 p.m. There will be a special Michigan State Police flyover prior to first pitch and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. $10 from each ticket sold will be donated to the fund for the National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction in Washington, D.C. 

In May, Upton met with the family of Joseph Zangaro as part of National Police Week. 

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