CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — Shane Britton, a Cass County Sheriff’s deputy who lost his life on July 19, 2000, in his squad car while answering a call to assist an Edwardsburg officer, was honored Tuesday, May 13, at a memorial service.
Britton was on his way to the call and was driving south on M-62 when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. He left behind his wife and two children.
The ceremony was held at the memorial garden at the sheriff’s department during National Peace Officers Week with an invocation by Chaplain Randy Peterson.
“We remember those who have fallen in giving their lives for this country. We thank you for Shane Britton and the opportunity to celebrate his life and for peace and comfort,” he said.
Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. thanked the many people who attended to honor Britton as well as courthouse officials.
“Yesterday in Massachusetts, a sheriff’s officer was on duty and was in an accident and was killed. Shane served wherever and whenever when needed,” Underwood said.
Other comments and prayers were made by Undersheriff Richard Behnke, who read reflections from Beth Britton, Britton’s mother; Chaplains Randy Peterson, Dan Greegor, Stacey Wilder, and Charles Keller; Elizabeth Klug, who read the Policeman’s 23rd Psalm; and Deputy Tiffany Graves.
Graves led a law enforcement prayer with her rescue dog, used for tracking and missing children, by her side.
Taps were played by the Cass County Honor Guard.
Events in Elkhart and Goshen are planned for Thursday, May 15.