State Rep. Dr. John Bizon was joined by special guests Battle Creek Chief of Police Jim Blocker, Battle Creek Police Officer Brad Gentry and Battle Creek Police Dispatcher Kelsey Hinkley for the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Service in Lansing today.
The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and first responders.
The names of 15 first responders and military members from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony.
Along with the chief, Office Gentry and Dispatcher Hinkley were invited and honored at the Capitol building after demonstrating courage in the line of duty. Officer Gentry was shot during a traffic stop in March, while Dispatcher Hinkley remained on the line with him through the ordeal, helping save his life. Office Gentry has since returned to duty with the Battle Creek Police Department.
“All of my guest here from Battle Creek have demonstrated the courage and strength of first responders,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “It was a tremendous privilege and honor to have them here today.”