Trooper Timothy O’Neill Killed
Grand Rapids, MI – Michigan State Trooper Timothy O’Neill, age 28, was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday, September 20.
The incident occurred about 7:45 AM, when Trooper O’Neill’s patrol motorcycle was involved in a collision with another vehicle near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard and Belding Road in Plainfield Township, according to ABC12.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. No one else was injured.
Trooper O’Neill was assigned to the MSP Rockville Post. He was a native of Metamora in Lapeer County. He joined the MSP in January, 2014, and graduated from the 126th Trooper Recruit School.
He is survived by his parents, a brother, a sister, and his fiance, who he planned to marry on October 7.
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, said, “I ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.”
“Tim was a good guy and a good troop who was just starting out his life and career,” Sgt Jeffrey Varga said, according to MLive. “Sad day. He had a great personality and was full of life.”
Gov. Rick Snyder tweeted, “His loss will be felt throughout our state & my thoughts & prayers are with Tpr. O’Neill’s family, friends & the @MichStatePolice community.”
“Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe and unfortunately, Trooper O’Neill made the ultimate sacrifice — and for that his family will never be the same,” Senator Pat Macgregor said in a statement.
“This is a huge loss, not only for his family, but for both the community of Rockford and the Michigan State Police as well. I ask that we all stand together and pray for his family and colleagues during this most-difficult time, especially his bride-to-be.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Timothy O’Neill, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Trooper O’Neill, your life mattered.