|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1970|
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 2013|
Grand Traverse County
Paul was born the son of Dawn (Johnson) and Paul T. Butterfield. He was raised in Bridgeport Township, Michigan, and was a 1988 graduate of Bridgeport High School, where he was a member of the cross country, track, wrestling and ski teams. An outstanding athlete, he was the 1987 Class A State Cross Country Champion, and still holds a total of five individual and relay records. He went on to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, in the South Eastern Conference (SEC), where he studied politics and government, and continued his running career. He competed in the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Norway and the 1989 Pan-Am Track and Field Championships in Argentina. He served his country with the United States Army from 1993-1996, during which he was one of 30 hand-picked members selected from the elite HHC Scout Recon platoon, 1/21 infantry battalion, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry division to be part of the Battalion Scout platoon. He also served as a mechanized infantry soldier from 1997 to 2001 in the Hawaii and Michigan Army National Guard. He joined the Michigan State Police in 1999, graduating as a member of the 118th Trooper Recruit School. He first served as a police officer with the Manistee post for over 10 years, before he was transferred to the Hart post in Oceana County. Newly engaged to be married, he absolutely loved being a State Trooper, following in the footsteps of his father who is a retired State Police officer. He was also a pet owner and avid animal lover, going out of his way many times for any animal in need. He was trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and enjoyed mixed martial arts, bike riding, gardening, wine tasting and making people laugh. The 14-year veteran died while in the line of duty, after what appeared to be a routine traffic stop in Sherman Township of Mason County. He had relayed information to a 911 dispatcher about the location and vehicle information before he was shot, which led to suspects, Sarah and Eric Knysz, later being apprehended and taken into custody. A passing motorist stopped and alerted 911 that a trooper had been shot. Trooper Butterfield was flown by Aero Med to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, where he passed away during emergency surgery. A Manistee resident, he was the 51st Michigan State Police officer to die while in the line of duty. He is survived by his father, Paul (Patricia) Butterfield Sr., of Frankenmuth, MI; his fiancÚ, Jennifer Sielski; her parents, Paul and Sandy; her brother, Jessy; many other relatives; his MSP family along with many other law enforcement brothers and sisters in the area; his beloved dog, Sirius; his cats, Al, Mau Mau, Blade, Zoey, Jinx, Jax, and Scamper; and a host of human friends. He was preceded in death by his mother in 2009; and his paternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Paul Kenyon Butterfield I.
A Celebration of Life for Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield was held at Manistee High/Middle School, with Rev. Joel Ehlert of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. You may view the entire service here: Part I and Part II. A Candlelight Vigil was also held at Waterfront Park in Ludington. Memorial donations in Paul's name may be made to the Manistee County Humane Society and the Michigan State Police Memorial Fund.
"...we lost a hero," stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. "The entire MSP family, as well as our greater law enforcement family, mourns alongside the Butterfields. Trooper Butterfield's sacrifice will never be forgotten; may he rest in peace."
"Angels in Blue"
Michigan State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial
Paul Kenyon Butterfield (1946 - 2014)
Dawn C. Johnson Butterfield (1947 - 2009)
Fallen Trooper Memorial
Plot: Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee Co., MI
Maintained by: Always with Love
Originally Created by: A84C72
Record added: Sep 09, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116844432