Union leaders honor fallen officers Steil, Jarrett

Oralandar Brand-Williams

Two fallen Detroit Police Officers were honored Friday during a ceremony sponsored by local union leaders and clergy.

Police officers Kenneth Steil and Myron Jarrett, who were killed in the line of duty last year, were recognized during a Workers Memorial Day ceremony at the Transcending Labor Legacy Monument at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit.

Steil, 46, was shot on Sept. 12. Marquise Cromer, 21, is accused of shooting Steil, was found to be competent to stand trial despite contentions he has a mental illness and has a preliminary examination scheduled for May 9.

Steil was chasing Cromer near Hayes and Seven Mile on the city’s east side after the suspect allegedly attacked his own father. Steil ran into Cromer and the suspect allegedly shot the police officer with a sawed-off shotgun in the chest. Steil died from complications of the gunshot wound Sept. 17 shortly before he was expected to be released from the hospital.

Steil was survived by a wife and two young sons.

Cromer also was accused of shooting his father.

Jarrett, 40, was struck and killed last October by a motorist who is suspected of being under the influence of crack cocaine. Jarrett was assisting other officers when the defendant struck the officer and fled around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28 near Puritan and Monica on Detroit’s west side.

Jarrett was assigned to the Police Department’s 12th precinct. He left behind a wife and four children.

The suspect in Jarrett’s hit-and-run death is 55-year-old Lincoln Park resident Steven Guzina, who is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 12.

Jarrett was an eight-year Detroit police veteran and was described by Police Chief James Craig in October as “a professional cop” who loved to use traffic stops as teaching moments.

Steil’s longtime partner Bobby Sanchez, now on the executive board of the Detroit Police Officers Association, spoke Friday at the ceremony about Steil, called “Shark” by his fellow officers.

“That’s the kind of cop you want or we want in the city of Detroit. That guy was committed. He was well liked by his partners ... by his family ... by his friends ... especially by the citizens,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez earlier asked those attending the event for a “round of applause” for the fallen officers. Jarrett and Steil were among 135 police officers across the country who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Every year, workers gather across the country on April 28 to honor those who were injured or killed on the job and renew the call for safer workplaces.

Friday’s event was sponsored by local labor and religious organizations including the Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan United and Detroit Police Officers Association.


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