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Updated: Michigan State Trooper Killed Following Rollover Crash

Updated: Michigan State Trooper Killed Following Rollover Crash

Associated Press

April 06, 2011

Update:

DETROIT, MI – A Michigan State Police trooper who spent part of his career patrolling in Detroit was killed early today in a single-car crash near Birch Run.

Jeffrey Werda, 43, who left the Detroit post four years ago to work out of the Bridgeport post in the Saginaw area, was killed when his patrol car rolled just west of Birch Run at about 1:30 a.m., according to investigators.

Werda, who had been with the agency for 10 years, was one of about 100 Michigan officers who helped in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

“He’s an awesome trooper, good man, good father, hard worker,” Detroit post Sgt. James Grady, Werda’s partner for a year in 2005, said this morning. “Definitely a positive to the citizens in the State of Michigan.”

The husband and father lived in the Gladwin area, MSP 1st Lt. Patrick McGreevy said today from the Bridgeport post.

“This is obviously a very tragic day, for not only the Bridgeport post and for the State Police, but the state of Michigan as well when we lose one of our troopers,” McGreevy said. “I would just ask the citizens to keep Trooper Werda’s family in their prayers. It’s a very, very tough day here.”

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered the U.S. flags on all state buildings and within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered immediately in Werda’s honor. Flags should be returned to full-staff following the date of internment. Funeral service arrangement information is not yet available.

“The entire state of Michigan mourns the death of Trooper Jeffrey Werda who lost his life this morning while in the line of duty,” Snyder said. “As a 10-year veteran of the Michigan State Police, Trooper Werda worked tirelessly to protect the people of our state and put his life at risk day after day to protect our communities. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Trooper Werda’s wife, his three children and his entire family.”

Deputies from the Saginaw Counties Sheriff’s Office had tried to pull over a motorist for an equipment violation, and a pursuit ensued in southwest Saginaw County, McGreevy said. Werda, on patrol in Birch Run Village, put on his lights and sirens and told dispatchers he was heading to assist, westbound on Birch Run Road.

Within minutes, a passing motorist called 911 to report finding Werda’s patrol car, which had rolled several times, off the side of Birch Run Road in Taymouth Township in Saginaw County, a half-mile west of Morrish Road and west of I-75, McGreevy said.

Werda had been thrown from the patrol car.

He was taken to Covenant HealthCare hospital in Saginaw, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, McGreevy said.

State Police crash reconstructionists are still trying to determine what caused the crash and whether Werda was wearing a seat belt, McGreevy said. Road conditions were dry, and no one saw the crash, he added.

“There are a lot of the investigative details we don’t have as far as the crash dynamics,” McGreevy said. “We will release that at the appropriate time.”

Werda was one of the Katrina volunteers who said that, as a thank-you for helping relief efforts, Baton Rouge officers offered to let him “beat down” a prisoner. The allegations led to a number of officers leaving the area after helping for a couple of days.

McGreevy, who also went to Louisiana but didn’t personally see situations of abuse, said he watched Werda work in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward as Katrina’s floodwaters subsided in September 2005.

“We were looking for bodies and taking care of people that needed to be taken care of,” McGreevy said. “It was really tough, gritty work. I remember Jeff just stepping up and doing a super job and doing just what a state trooper is expected to do."


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    gman3858

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    dcrump

    over 3 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Brother.................damn vehicle crashes kill more of us than anything else. Please people.....be careful.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace Trooper Jeffery Werda, prayers of comfort for your family and friends.

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    walvira

    over 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    TO OUR FELLOW TROOPER WERDA MAY YOU RIP!!! OUR PRAYERS GOES TO HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS. NOW "HE WILL NEVER WALK ALONE" AND IS A "TROOPER ANGEL" WITH ALL OTHER TROOPER FELLOWS.

    WROSADO & ANGELICA ROSADO
    EOW 01/24/2007 TROOPER JOSE A. ROSADO

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace and God Bless!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Trooper Werda. Our prayers are for your family, friends & department as they pass thru this time of grief.

    Having grown up in Kalamazoo the first 14 years of my life, I know these areas well. Trooper Werda will always be a special HERO to me as he served in Michigan and then also helped in the Katrina aftermath -- I now live in northeast Louisiana -- without a thought of his own needs. He will always be in my heart as a special "friend". Altho' we had never met, he is one of my HEROES!!!

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    jdynomit

    over 3 years ago

    212 Comments

    May you rest in peace, my brother Werda.Our prayers are with your family,friends and co-workers.

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    MP247

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Trooper Werda

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest inn Peace Brother and God Bless!

    "Stay in the Fight"

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    boritico

    over 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    rmstone

    over 3 years ago

    5122 Comments

    Rest In Peace Trooper Jeffrey Werda.

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    hbg522

    over 3 years ago

    7006 Comments

    RIP Trooper Werda

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    FBD183

    over 3 years ago

    728 Comments

    REST IN PEACE BROTHER

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless Leo Werda and his family.

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