Late police chief’s name to be added to Mount Clemens 9/11 memorial – Macomb Daily

The name of the late Fred Posavetz will be added Sunday, Sept. 11 to the Macomb County Fallen Heroes Memorial as the former Clinton Township Police Chief joins other first responders who died in the line of duty over years.

The annual 9/11 ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the memorial located across from the Macomb County Circuit Court at 40 N. Main Street, Mount Clemens. It will be preceded by the Freedom Walk from around 2:30 p.m.

The late Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz.MACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO

Chef Posavetz died on March 22, 2021 at the age of 64 from complications from COVID-19. The 41-year-old police officer headed the Clinton Township Police Department for 14 years and served as the county’s longest-serving police chief.

Recently retired Roseville Fire Captain and memorial committee member Bob Woonton said Posavetz’s name was inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC in May 2022.

“Even though he died of Covid, his passing was ruled a death on duty, so his name definitely belongs in our memorial,” Woonton said.

In a related memo, State Senator Michael MacDonald earlier this week introduced legislation to honor Posavetz. Senate Bill 1143 would designate a portion of the Groesbeck Freeway (M-97) from Harrington Street to the Metropolitan Parkway as “Police Chief Fred Posavetz Memorial Freeway”.

The Macomb Township Republican called Posavetz a “great leader and an even better person.”

“This bill would help ensure that we will never forget his more than 40 years of exemplary service to the families of Clinton Township and the real loss we suffered,” MacDonald said in a statement.

Rain is predicted for Sunday. Event organizers say that if it rains lightly, the ceremony will go ahead as planned, but will be canceled if it is a downpour with lightning.

Around 500 people typically attend the event around the Fallen Heroes memorial – a double V-shaped monument, benches, brick pavers and a tombstone that cost $100,000 in private funds – contains the names of 32 first deceased responders who died in the line of duty during the years. It recently had a facelift courtesy of ATS Brick LLC of St. Clair Shores.

Guest speakers include Chief’s son Ryan Posavetz, who is with the Clinton Township Police Department, Township Supervisor Bob Cannon, as well as Capt. Lori Misch of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and Chief St. Clair Shores firefighter, James Piper.

The Clinton Township Police Honor Guard participates in the 2019 Patriot Day Ceremony. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND MEDIA SERVICES)
The Clinton Township Police Honor Guard participates in the 2019 Patriot Day Ceremony. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND MEDIA SERVICES)

It will be a case of double duty for Cannon, which also hosts the annual Patriot Day community memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Resurrection Cemetery, located at 18201 Clinton River Road in Clinton Township.

Guest speakers at the event include Fire Chief Tim Duncan, Police Chief Dina Caringi and Medstar EMS CEO Kolby Miller.

The ceremony will include the Clinton Township Police Department Honor Guard and the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 154 Honor Guard. In addition, JP Spagnuolo will perform the national anthem.

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