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We remember the officers of the Lansing Police Department who heroically and selflessly gave their lives while protecting our community. May we always remember their sacrifice.
Gottlieb Sohn was a Lansing Police Officer from 1919 until 1943. Officer Sohn was working a downtown beat assignment and responded to a nuisance call at a local tavern. Officer Sohn suffered a heart attack during a fight with a subject he had arrested. A conference room at the North Precinct, 740 May Street was dedicated and named the Officer Gottlieb Sohn Memorial Conference Room on May 18, 2001.
Alexander Lang was a Lansing Police Officer from 1920 until 1932. Officer Lang was the first Lansing Police Officer killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a car while performing his duties as a police officer. The 2nd floor classroom at the Headquarters Building, 120 West Michigan Avenue was dedicated and named the Officer Alexander Lang Memorial Conference Room on May 15, 2001.
Mac J. Donnelly, Jr. was a Lansing Police Officer from 1968 until 1977. Officer Donnelly, Jr., responded to a bank robbery and hostage call. During a rescue attempt of the hostage, Officer Donnelly, Jr., was the first officer shot and killed in the line of duty. The Firearms Training Complex at 16001 Airport Road was dedicated and named the Mac J. Donnelly, Jr., Complex in 1978.
Julie Englehardt was a Lansing Park's Police Officer from 1974 until 1988. Officer Englehardt was the first woman officer killed in the line of duty when she responded to a larceny of a sled call in a city park. A conference room at the South Precinct, 3400 South Cedar Street was dedicated and named the Officer Julie Englehardt Memorial Conference Room on May 14, 2001.
Dean Alan Whitehead was a Lansing Police Officer from 1977 until 1985. Officer Whitehead was assigned as a helicopter observer. Officer Whitehead died when the helicopter developed problems and had to make an emergency landing. The large training room at the Firearms Complex, 16001 Airport Road was dedicated and named the Officer Dean Whitehead Memorial Training Room on May 16, 2001.
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
We proudly recognize the Lansing Police Department employees, past and present, who served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces to protect our fundamental freedom and keep the United States and the people who live here safe.
Our thoughts are also with those members of the Lansing Police Department left behind while their spouses or family members are called to duty. Thank you.