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

End of Watch - May 23, 1943
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.
Gottlieb Sohn

Alexander Lang

End of Watch - September 2, 1932
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.
Alexander Lang

Mac J. Donnelly Jr.

End of Watch - June 16, 1977
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.
Mac J. Donnelly, Jr.

Julie Engelhardt

End of Watch - February 12, 1988
Julie Engelhardt was a Lansing Park's Police Officer from 1974 until 1988. Officer Engelhardt 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.
Julie Engelhardt

Dean Alan Whitehead

End of Watch - May 9, 1985
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.
Dean Whitehead

K-9 Sabre 

End of Watch - January 23, 1999
On January 23, 1999 K-9 Sabre was killed from hostile gun fire while defending the lives of his partners, Officer Matt Ramsey and Sergeant Mary Stevens.


K-9 Chili

End of Watch - September 14, 2005

On September 14, 2005, Officer Dennis Bunch and his partner K-9 Chili were involved in a car accident.  Officer Bunch suffered minor injuries.  Sadly, K-9 Chili died as a result of his injuries.


Above & 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.