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Upton Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Berrien Courthouse Shooting

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Washington, July 11, 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 marking the one-year anniversary of the July 11, 2016, shooting at the Berrien County Courthouse:

“One year ago today, our community was shaken by a violent and heinous act that took the lives of two dedicated public servants and threatened the lives of those inside the Berrien County Courthouse. Since that day we have come together in a healing process and seen an outpouring of support for Sheriff Paul Bailey, his department, and all of our local law enforcement and first responders.

“Today is a solemn reminder of what we went through and we mark it by remembering Joseph Zangaro, whom I knew personally. He was a widely respected and well-liked former Michigan State Police Trooper and head of courthouse security. We also remember Ronald Kienzle, a U.S. Army veteran and retired Benton Township Police Officer who loved his motorcycle and his family.

“What happened right here in our community is a daily reminder of the sacrifices our law enforcement officers, and their families, make every single day in order to keep the rest of us safe and secure. This heartbreaking tragedy happened in the blink of an eye, but we will never forget.”

In May, Upton met with the family of Joseph Zangaro at his office in Washington, D.C., as part of National Police Week. The day after the 2016 shooting, Upton took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to speak about the tragedy. 

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