LANSING, Mich., Sept. 9, 2021 — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives held its annual ceremony to commemorate Michigan first responders lost in the line of duty during the past year, honor those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks and recognize first responders serving in Michigan communities today. State Reps. Christine Morse (D-Texas Township), who hosted Sheriff Richard Fuller from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office; and Julie M. Rogers (D-Kalamazoo), who hosted Assistant Chief Victor Green of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Community Affairs and DEI Division, during the ceremony, issued the following statements:

“I was proud to have Sheriff Fuller join me as a guest as we honored the fallen first responders — especially after the tragic loss of Kalamazoo County Deputy Ryan J. Proxmire, who was shot and killed while in pursuit of a fleeing suspect in mid-August,” Morse said. “First responders and their families understand the risk that comes with their chosen profession, and they still choose to put on their uniform every shift to protect our loved ones. The ceremony honoring the men and women that we have lost in the line of duty was a privilege to attend.”

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Assistant Chief Victor Green from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for joining me today,” Rogers said. “As a health care provider who has rehabilitated members of law enforcement, I have seen the results of the dangers that these first responders face. Their commitment to saving lives at the risk of losing their own is extraordinary. We will never forget the sacrifices of the courageous men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty, including Kalamazoo County Deputy Sheriff Ryan J. Proxmire.”